Conferences & Maker Training

Building Craft Programme

The Building Craft Programme provides the opportunity to work with a wide range of building crafts and expert craftspeople to take your skills to the next level (8 months, Monthly Bursary Provided). 

Closing date: 1 Mar 2019

Our Building Craft Programme gives practical experience in traditional building crafts and an opportunity to gain a Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3. 

This course is designed for craftspeople looking to bridge the gap between basic qualifications and becoming a master craftsperson working within the heritage sector.

The course starts with an intensive 3 week Summer School, which takes place in London and Scotland. The first week of the summer school provides an introduction to traditional architecture, drawing, geometry and the principles of sustainable development. The second week is an introduction to a range of traditional building crafts, while the third week is a weeklong design workshop in which students design a structure that could go on to be built at a later date.

Following the Summer School, students participate in a 10-week Live Build project. This is a student-led building project, constructing a structure (or series of structures) using traditional materials and techniques. Alongside their own trades, students will be given the chance to work on a range of other trades throughout the process. The build is overseen by skilled tutors, to guide and provide assistance as needed.

Once they have completed the Live Build the students then move on to placements with traditional building companies and master craftspeople working on traditional new building schemes and restoration projects across the UK. These placements are carefully chosen to ensure the appropriate experience and supervision is provided and that the work will lead towards the successful completion of the NVQ 3 in Heritage Skills.

Start Date: 15th July 2019

Duration: 8 months

Location: The Prince’s Foundation headquarters, Shoreditch, London; Dumfries House Estate in Scotland and then placements with master craftspeople in the UK.

Bursary: £1000 per month

Entry requirements: An NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or 3 or equivalent from a Centre of Vocational Excellence, or an equivalent qualification in traditional building skills from a recognised authority, or the same amount of amount of work experience in your chosen craft, including stonemasonry, woodwork, bricklaying, roofing and tiling, plastering, thatching, blacksmithing and painting and decorating.

Applications for our 2019-20 programme are now open.

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Opportunity provided by:
The Prince's Foundation
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