Building Craft Programme
THE BUILDING CRAFT 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 Prince’s Foundation believe that it is crucial to preserve the wisdom and knowledge that embodies 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. Ensuring that we can continue to restore and conserve our history, but importantly demonstrate the significant role that traditional craft skills can play in creating new spaces and places.
9th July 2023
8th March 2024
The Building Craft Programme is a full time, 8-month course which gives practical experience in traditional building skills and the opportunity to work towards a Level 3 NVQ in Heritage Skills.*
Please download the Programme Overview for a full breakdown of the course components and timescales:
*a participants existing experience/qualifications and availability of assessors will be need to be considered prior to the opportunity to pursue a qualification being made available.
The Building Craft Programme is geared towards those with experience in craft areas such as: stonemasonry, carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, blacksmithing, plastering, thatching, roofing and tiling, painting and decorating. (List not exhaustive)
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 Building Craft 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.
The Building Craft Programme is not an entry level programme and to be successful in gaining a place on the course, candidates must have prior experience in their craft area of choice, either via college or onsite working experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least one of the following:
• NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or 3 or equivalent in a building craft/construction subject.
• Qualification in a building craft/construction subject from a recognised authority.
• Significant working experience in their chosen craft/trade area.
Please note, you will required to submit a digital portfolio containing examples of work/projects you have undertaken in relation to your craft/trade area.
The Prince’s Foundation is proud to offer educational opportunities to students from all around the world. Should you require a visa to study or work in the UK, it is important to note that whilst The Prince’s Foundation is a licensed student sponsor, this sponsorship does not extend to those undertaking the Building Craft Programme. Therefore, acceptance onto the Building Craft Programme alone is not sufficient to obtain the appropriate visa.
In most cases you will be required to hold one of the following in order to be eligible for the Building Craft Programme:
• UK Passport Holder
• Settled Status / Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
• Pre-settled Status
If you require a visa to work or study in the UK, please contact the Programme Manager prior to applying.
The Building Craft Programme is a fully funded course and is made possible due to generosity of a wide range of individuals and organisations who support the programme each year.
All participants of the Building Craft Programme 2023-24 will be awarded a full scholarship covering the course fees, as well as being provided with a monthly tax-free bursary of £1,400 (pro-rated).
Participants will be required to arrange and pay for their own accommodation, travel, subsistence and any associated living costs while on the course. The majority of materials needed for the course will be provided.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Building Craft Programme 2023-24 are now open.
To apply please ensure you read the Programme Overview and download the Application Form using the link below.
BCP Application Form Word Document
For your application to be considered please ensure you send your completed application form, reference and accompanying portfolio in advance of the application deadline.
Deadline for applications is Monday 3rd April 2023, 12noon.
Please send via email (preferred) to Michael Goodger at Michael.Goodger@princes-foundation.org
or via post to:
The Prince’s Foundation, c/o Michael Goodger, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire Scotland, KA18 2NJ