Placement Providers

  • (c) National Trust. Apprentice Joiner Tony Williamson is based at Quarry Bank Mill
  • (c) English Heritage. Apprentice Carpenter Joiner Fergus Murphy will be involved in the conservation of Harmondsworth Barn


An Invitation to join us in training apprentices in traditional building skills

Placements are hosted by Placement Providers who are committed to providing a rich learning experience for the Apprentice. They may be public or private organisations, companies or sole traders, who agree to deliver training and support the Apprentices during their Placement.

Apprentices are assigned a Supervisor by their Placement Provider who will be a daily contact during the placement. Apprentices will be given a variety of tasks throughout their placement, which will enable them to gather the work based evidence they require for their vocational qualification.

How it works

  • Operates in England and Wales
  • Will provide 40-55 training places
  • Duration of placements can range from 6-24 months
  • These training places will be funded by individual bursaries provided by the scheme
  • Bursaries will cover salary (national minimum wage), basic tools, PPE and, if required tuition fees
  • Additional training will be provided through the Partner Organisations

Support for placement providers

Sound support is provided through each stage of the process: recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, funding and additional training.


The Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme offers ‘on-thejob’ training in practical, heritage crafts skills that will give an Apprentice the essential skills to work in the built heritage sector, satisfy the criteria for their NVQs and complete their Apprenticeship. The work they carry out as part of their training is based on National Occupational Standards and will also be used as work-based evidence to count towards attaining an NVQ Level 3 Heritage qualification.

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Organisations offering training in Traditional Building Skills

Take a look at the following websites for more information about training courses in traditional building skills:

The Building Conservation Directory at:

The Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation at:

The National Heritage Training Group at:

The Heritage Skills Hub:

The Society for the Protection on Ancient Buildings at:

Essex County Council and Cressing Temple run courses in traditional building skills. Further information can be found at:

The Guild of Master Craftsmen at:

Learndirect at:

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings at:

Weymouth College (courses in stone masonry and architectural stonework and conservation):

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills runs short courses in a variety of rural craft skills. Further information can be found at:

The National Stone Centre at:

Women in Construction, Arts and Technology Ltd (WICAT), based in Sheffield, offers hands on courses for all, but is particularly supportive of women.

West Dean College offers courses in conservation and restoration, art, crafts, music and gardening.

Weald and Downland Museum offers courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts