Lincolnshire County Council heritage training a new generation of heritage craftsman
Written by Matthew Dixon on 14th March 2017
The council has been awarded £15,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund as foundation in
order to offer apprenticeships in heritage maintenance.
These apprenticeships will last between 12 – 18 Months and will include maintaining
heritage buildings, such as heritage brickwork, lead work, lime mortar work and joinery.
If this first phase is successful, the Heritage Lottery Fund will award £585,000 to deliver the
John Hogan from Lincolnshire County Council has stated that he: “hopes the apprenticeships
will increase an interest for young people in sectors such as archaeology and project
planning as well as craftsmanship.
“There is a demand for specialists in these sectors and the apprenticeships will include
bursaries for the participants.
“They are encouraged to work on live settings like Lincoln Castle and Cathedral due to the
building’s unique challenges.”
Hogan states that there is a skills gap in the heritage sector at the moment because usually
these particular skills are passed down through generations, however this new opportunity
and the Lincoln castle heritage centre will enable other people to learn these skills through
courses and classes.
Hogan revealed that that the apprenticeships are currently in development and they have not
yet begun the induction process, however, he believes that this is “great news for Lincoln.”