Sep 7TH

£50,000 of funding is being made available to close the heritage construction skills gap

As Heritage Week gets underway from 7-11 September, Moulton College has partnered with Wellingborough Townscape Initiative to offer training bursaries and grants for tools to certain students who wish to study Stonemasonry or Carpentry. 

The economic downturn has seen the number of skilled workers fall across the UK and with large projects such as £3billion refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament, there is a danger there will not be the skills available to meet demand.

Emma Dexter, lecturer in Stonemasonry at Moulton College, said, “With so many large projects on the horizon, we hope these bursaries will encourage interest and open up opportunities for a diverse range of students.”

The funding is part of a wider project called the Wellingborough Townscape Initiative. John Udall, Project Manager explains, “This project is designed to protect and promote the historic assets of Wellingborough town centre and is supported by £1.4m of Heritage Lottery Funding, in addition to the training grants we are looking at shop front improvements, building grants and heritage trail improvements”. 

     

At the moment the bursaries of up to £500 will help to pay for full-time or part-time training courses in stonemasonry and carpentry for those aged 19 years or over.  In addition grants of £100 are also available to help students buy tools.  Moulton College is looking at introducing additional courses in the months ahead, for example carving and letter-cutting and we hope to make these available to a wider audience.  Those wishing to find out more should visit http://www.moulton.ac.uk/craftsmanshipbursary.