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Need for heritage construction skills recognised

The need for construction skills, vital to preserve Britain’s heritage, is being recognised with bursary schemes being made available through the Heritage Lottery Scheme.

The schemes are providing the money to pay for apprenticeships in skills including stonemasonry, carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, and blacksmithing. A number of local councils, including Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, and organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage, have received funding.

The National Trust has launched the Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme, aimed at helping apprentices who have lost their positions in companies that have collapsed during the recession. Running at locations across England and Wales, the programme is funded by