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Traditional Building Craft Skills Research – Wales 2007

A shortage of skilled craftspeople throughout the UK highlighted the need for a coordinated strategy to ensure that these skills are available now and in the future. This led in 2002 to the formation of the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG), which has a UK-wide remit to implement a coherent strategy for training and skills provision, to meet the demands of the built heritage sector. Its membership is composed of heritage bodies, employer groups, Trade Federations, contractors, Trades Unions and FE and private training providers.

This Skills Needs Analysis research, commissioned by the National Heritage Training Group and funded by ConstructionSkills and Cadw, Welsh Assembly Government, is the third in the detailed UK-wide assessment of existing skills and future training needs within the traditional building repair, maintenance and conservation sector. This follows publication in June 2005 of the Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Needs Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in England and in January 2007 of the Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Needs Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Scotland.

The purpose of this analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Wales was to:

  • Analyse and quantify the size of the pre-1919 building stock in Wales, as this produces the most demand for traditional building skills
  • Assess existing traditional building skills levels and future needs, including identifying particular shortages and gaps within the workforce
  • Include a smaller-scale assessment of manufacturers and suppliers of traditional building materials (stone, lime, timber, ferrous metals, etc.) and building professionals working in the traditional building sector
  • Identify training provision for traditional building skills
  • Make recommendations to address identified problems and devise a skills action plan.

The research findings inform and underpin a Skills Action Plan (See Section 10 of the Full Report) to ensure that the supply of traditional building skills and materials meets the repair and maintenance needs of the almost 500,000 pre-1919 buildings in Wales. This will be achieved by coordinated action to instigate sustainable positive change within this sector of the construction industry as part of a 10-year action plan through a Sector Skills Agreement between ConstructionSkills and Cadw.

Download Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Need Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Wales 2007 in English:

Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - Wales (Summary Report) 0.45mb PDF file
Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - Wales
(Full Report) 3.6mb PDF file

Download Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Need Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Wales 2007 in Welsh:

Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - Wales (Summary Report Translation) 0.43mb PDF file
Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - Wales
(Full Report Translation) 3.6mb PDF file

Related Links:

For details on NHTG activity please contact or visit the following websites for further information and advice on careers and research activities in traditional building crafts:

www.nhtg.org.uk
www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

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