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                                                                                               HLF NI

In 2009 the National Heritage Training Group launched their first major primary research of traditional building craft skills in the built heritage sector for the whole of Ireland, titled ‘Traditional building Craft Skills – Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge Skills Needs Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Ireland’.  To address the Skills Action Plan included in the research, CITB NI been successful in submitting funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and has received approximately £859,000 funding .

The HLF funding received has been for two different training programmes:-

1. Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland    

Owen Mort  was successful in gaining a work based placement in Conservation Metalwork with Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Moira Depot through the Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland programme.

Throughout his training Owen was learning metalwork skills and gained experience in replacing and fitting gates in Bonamargy Friary, modifying hand railings for Bishops Gate and forged and painted hinges and latches for Carrickfergus Castle.

Shortly after the programme finished Owen started his own business using an ancient craft. His story was profiled on BBC Newsline earlier this year watch the report to find out more.

2. Heritage Specialist Apprentice Programme in Wood Occupations

Peter Sloan  started to serve his apprenticeship as a carpenter in 1993 and since then gained many experiences and knowledge along the way. In 2006 Peter found himself a Co-Director of a successful joinery company with three employees and two apprentices. Like most other tradesmen the "Big Crash" of 2008 brought the building trade and many businesses to a virtual standstill. 

The UK economy it seemed wasn’t Peter’s only challenge as his two wonderful boys were both diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Peter took some time out to assist his family and their needs.  Once the children were settled into schools for their needs a level of normality returned at home and Peter was keen to get back into the workplace. Peter spotted CITB NI’s advertisement for the Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme in Wood Occupations and spent his year’s placement with the NIEA, now Historic Environment Division, based in Moira. Peter worked all over the country  from the likes of Carrickfergus Castle outside Belfast, to Enagh Church and Graveyard in Derry/Londonderry. Read more of Peter's story ...

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Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional (pre 1919) Buildings

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