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ALL-IRELAND HERITAGE SKILLS PROGRAMME 2022-2023

THE ALL-IRELAND HERITAGE SKILLS PROGRAMME SUPPORTS THOSE WORKING IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR TO PUSH THEIR SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND CONTINUE ON THEIR JOURNEY TO BECOMING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MASTER CRAFTSPEOPLE.

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme partners believe that it is crucial to preserve the wisdom and knowledge that embody many of the traditional building skills which have shaped our historical built environment. As many workers in the sector now reach retirement age it is vital that these skills are passed on to the next generation of master craftspeople. It is imperative that we can continue to restore and conserve our history, but also that we demonstrate the significant role that traditional craft skills can play in creating new spaces and places. The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme provides an opportunity to keep many of these traditional skills alive, guaranteeing their importance for the future, and ensuring that they continue to play an important role in conserving our past.

START DATE

10th July 2022 (subject to change)

END DATE

7th July 2023 (subject to change)

LOCATION

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is delivered across different locations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Participants of the programme will be registered for their NVQ assessment at the Heritage Skills Centre, HED Moira Depot, Moira, Craigavon, County Armagh, BT67 ONE. The Summer School will be delivered at Dumfries House Estate in Scotland and the Winter School will be delivered in Kilkenny, in the Republic of Ireland. Industry placements will be across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is a full-time, 12-month course which gives practical experience in heritage building skills. Participants will also undertake a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction).*

Please download the course brochure for a full breakdown of the course components and timescales:

Course Brochure

*Please note each participant's existing experience / qualifications and the availability of assessors will need to be considered prior to the opportunity to pursue a qualification being made available.

REQUIREMENTS

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is aimed at those with quantifiable experience in craft areas such as stonemasonry, carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, blacksmithing, plastering, thatching, roofing and tiling, painting and decorating.

In addition to practical experience in a building craft discipline, applicants should have an interest in developing their craft with a focus towards heritage and traditional methods whilst striking a balance with 21st Century ways of working.

The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme aims to highlight the holistic nature of our built environment and as such, promotes multidisciplinary learning providing exposure to elements of architecture, design and a range of craft skills.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • NVQ Level 2 or 3 / Level 4 or 5 Certificate in a building / construction subject

and / or

  • Qualification in a building craft / construction subject from a recognised authority

and /or

  • Significant working experience in your chosen craft / trade area

Please note, you will required to submit a portfolio (PDF format) containing examples of work/projects you have undertaken in relation to your craft/trade area.

FUNDING

All participants of the All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme 2022-23 will be awarded a full scholarship covering the course fees, as well as being provided with a monthly bursary of £1,250 or €1,520. Participants will be required to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation and living costs while on the course. Accommodation is provided on the Summer School, Winter School and Materials Courses.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Acceptance onto the All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme alone is not sufficient to obtain the appropriate residency / study visa. Please note that The Prince’s Foundation, the Heritage Council or the Historic Environment Division cannot assist you in obtaining a visa. In most cases you will be required to hold one of the following in order to be eligible for the All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme:

  • UK Passport holder
  • Normally resident in the Republic of Ireland
  • Normally resident in Northern Ireland
  • Settled Status / Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Pre-settled status

If you require a visa to work or study in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, please contact the Programme Coordinator prior to submitting an application.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme are now open.

To apply, download the course brochure and application form here:

Course Brochure

Application Form (Word)

Application Form (PDF)

Send your completed application form and accompanying portfolio via email to: Ben.McCabe@princes-foundation.org

Deadline for applications: Monday 23rd May 2022, 12 noon

Interviews will take place online, week commencing 6th June 2022.