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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The Heritage building industry can be a wonderful industry to be part of; creative, challenging and rewarding.
Opportunities to start a career in heritage plastering can be limited - this may be due to a lack of apprenticeships in your area, or the employers requirements for formal qualifications or experience.
Our part-time professional heritage plastering course aims to break down the many barriers into Heritage plastering and provide a stepping stone to a new career. Applications will be open to those who has a passion for working on traditionally built buildings, natural materials and starting a career with lime. No prior experience will be needed and there will be no long application forms.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Students must be 18 and over
  • UK resident
  • Have basic reading and writing skills
  • Physically able to carry out manual work which will involve lifting
If you are a homeowner looking to carry out some renovation work on your home, you may find that our short courses are more suitable. Please contact us to discuss if you are not sure.

Course Programme

This 4 month part-time course will include both theory and practical lessons as well as business skills. Students will leave the programme with the practical experience, confidence and business skills to start working in the heritage industry.

Teaching sessions will take place on Thursday an Fridays every week throughout September and December.

Lessons start: September 7th

Last Lesson: December 22nd

Theory
  • Construction methods

  • Understanding the use of appropriate materials in traditionally built properties

  • Diagnosing issues

  • Types of lime and when to use

Practical Skills
  • Safe removal of old plaster and mortar
  • Making repairs
  • Plastering - wall preparation, base coats, tops coats, skim coats
  • Plaster finishing techniques
  • Lath repairs
  • Ceilings
  • Problem solving
Onsite experience
  • Preparing a work area
  • Sourcing materials
  • Client communications
  • Time management
Business skills
  • Quoting and invoicing
  • Setting up a business
  • Understanding CIS and CSCS
  • Scheduling work
* This list is not exhaustive.

Programme Outcomes

The programme is a stepping stone into the Heritage Industry. There will be many options open to those who complete the full programme:
  • Gain own work in Heritage Plastering
  • Work with other heritage plasterers
  • Apply for other training courses such as The Princes Foundation Building Craft Programme
  • Go onto to study for an NVQ in Heritage Plastering

Application Process

We want to make the application process as easy as possible. There is a short form to complete in which applicants will be asked why they wish to attend the programme and how they intend of using their new skills. Shortlisted students will then be invited to attend an informal in-person selection day. The selection day is a chance for students to get some practical experience of working with lime and find out if the course is suitable for them.
Application Timings
  • Applications Open - April 11th
  • Online Q&A Session - April 26th SIGN UP HERE
  • Application deadline - 9th June
  • Selection days - 10th & 11th June
  • Course starts - 7th September
  • Course ends - 22nd December
* Dates subject to change
If you weren't able to attend the online Q&A, you can view the recording here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/7PLrl0DcVZdEp_UKbZm28iWIG9adaoxg70IpXi3I4PSHoui2Ptklqv9xq47Lkl-O.FIVFsIu8FQkyNguR
Passcode: 1Vtb?i77

Costs

Full programme Cost: £4,500 inc vat. Payment plans will be available to spread the cost.
 
Partially funded places: £1,500 inc vat
A number of partially funded places are available for those who meet the eligibility criteria
Eligibility criteria:
  • Receiving means tested benefits
 
 

Proof of eligibility will be required.

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