Working on the Heritage Lottery funded initiative in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds College of Building, York College are able to develop and deliver short courses for local tradesmen to learn the construction skills required to repair, maintain and restore heritage buildings and conservation areas in Leeds. The courses include heritage craft skills such as stone carving, wood carving, stone fixing and walling. To find out more call the York College Business Development Unit on 01904 770234.
New courses for 2016
Heritage Trainee Work Placements
Are you interested in construction and would you like to learn more about heritage skills and the work involved in pre 1919 buildings?
The Re-Making Leeds Trainee Scheme is offering 18 paid work placements that will run from September 2016 until August 2017, which offer the chance to train with carefully selected Leeds based employers engaged in heritage construction projects. The scheme has been running for 18 months now and 9 trainees are currently on-siteworking on heritage projects across Leeds, including Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall.
Opportunities will be available in:
• Carpentry & joinery
• Lime mortar
• Painting & decorating
• Plastering & rendering
• Wall & floor tiling
• Specialist lead work
The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016. Interviews will be held from 20th June to early July 2016.
To apply, please complete an online application form that can be found here.
Heritage Lottery Bursary Visit - 2nd October 2015
As part of at the Re-Making Leeds project, York College hosted a visit by a group of bursary students who are currently funded to work in Heritage related work placements for a year, in Leeds. The students enjoyed a tour of the College’s Construction & Skills Centre and were keen to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities.
Keeping Heritage Construction Crafts Alive In Leeds - 5th August 2015
As part of the Re-Making Leeds project aimed at keeping heritage crafts alive within the city of Leeds, York College is delivering short courses for local tradesmen to learn the construction skills required to repair, maintain and restore pre-war buildings and conservation areas in Leeds.
The first of the College’s short courses concentrated on SASH window repair and restoration techniques at Temple Newsham. Employees from Leeds City Council, Castle Howard and William Birch attended the three day course, commenting on the enjoyable practical work and the outstanding skills learned.
Working on the Heritage Lottery funded initiative in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds College of Building, York College will continue to deliver more heritage craft courses over the next academic year to include skills such as stone carving, wood carving and stone fixing and walling. Courses are part-funded and cost only £25.00 per person, regardless of course duration.
Construction & Heritage Skills Interactive Workplace Careers Event at Armley Mills Museum - July 2015
As part of the Re-Making Leeds project York College construction tutors participated in the Construction & Heritage Skills Interactive Workplace Careers Event held at Armely Mills Museum in July 2015. Working with local schools to attract 13 – 15 year olds who have expressed an interest in careers in the construction industry, partners York College, Leeds EBP and Leeds College of Building collaborated on the delivery of the event, with support from Leeds Museums.
The hands-on careers event explored the range of skills and careers within the Heritage construction industry, informing students about different entry routes and opportunities for progression. The event also gave students the opportunity to think about employability and reinforced the notion that young people need the right skills and attitude for work.
Students practised construction related skills, met with employers working in the construction industry and talked to college tutors about the full range of construction courses available to them. They attended an introductory session delivered by Leeds EBP supported by a speaker from Keepmoat Property Services, followed by two workshops run by Leeds College of Building and York College tutors. The workshops included a joinery exercise handling traditional timber joints, traditional painting techniques and lime and a horsehair plastering demonstration. They also had a go at making a stonemasonry decorative plaque. The event finished with a summary session run by Leeds EBP supported by Tibby Chodha, a Leeds College of Building graduate and BBC Young Carpenter of the Year, who now runs his own business.
The positive impact of the event was reinforced by a comment from Jenny MaCartney from Wetherby High School: “Thank you so much for organising a great session on the construction and the heritage day. I bumped into my students on their return and they could not wait to show me what they had made and tell me about their exciting day. It really inspired them.”
Business Development Unit
Sim Balk Lane
Tel: 01904 770368