Heritage trades are dying out but Re-Making Leeds is on a mission to revive them so our city’s historic buildings can live on.
Leeds has over 2,300 listed structures and more than 70 conservation areas, not to mention a huge number of buildings built before 1919.
But the number of skilled craftspeople with the experience and expertise to care for them is small and there is a danger that without more trainees historic buildings could be at serious risk.
We want to develop the restorations skills of 18-24 year olds who have already completed a general construction qualification through work-based training.
Training college tutors and supervisors who already have links with the building industry, is also important for us, so they can deliver shorter courses and provide guidance.
We’re looking for people who already work in the following areas but want to specialise further:
- Brick work
- Carpentry and joinery
- Painting and decorating
- Lime mortar plastering and rendering
- Wall and floor tiling
Funded through Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and working with project partners Leeds College of Building and York College and with specialist training organisation Heritage Craft Alliance, Re-Making Leeds is a pioneering project.
For anyone interested in short courses and bursaries in heritage construction skills, please contact our team on 0113 395 7591 or email at re-makingleeds.gov.uk.