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Traditional Building Craft Skills Research – England 2005

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, employers groups, contractors, Trades Unions and FE and private training providers.

This Skills Needs Analysis research report, commissioned by the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) and funded by the Sector Skills Development Agency, ConstructionSkills and English Heritage, is the first of a detailed UK-wide assessment of existing skills and future training needs within the traditional building repair, maintenance and conservation sector.

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

  • Analyse and quantify the size of the built heritage sector in England
  • Define existing traditional building craft skills levels and needs
  • Identify any shortages and gaps within the workforce
  • Evaluate training provision within the learning and qualifications frameworks
  • Make recommendations to address any problems and devise a skills action plan

The research findings inform and underpin the Skills Action Plan (See Section 9 of the Full Report) to address the identified skills shortages and skills gaps and ensure that the supply of traditional building skills meets the repair and maintenance needs of the approximately five million pre-1919 buildings in England. This will be achieved by coordinated action to instigate sustainable positive change within this sector of the construction industry as part of a 5-year action plan through a Sector Skills Agreement between ConstructionSkills and English Heritage.

Download Traditional Building Craft Skills: Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge - Skills Need Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in England 2005:

Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - England (Executive Summary)
1.5mb PDF file
Traditional Building Craft Skills Research - England
(Full Report) 2.2mb PDF file

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