The Prince's Foundation The Prince's Foundation
Tom Stainer, BCP student

Education

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.

START DATE

10th July 2022 (subject to change)

END DATE

24th February 2023 (subject to change)

LOCATION

The Building Craft Programme is delivered across a number of different locations including The Prince’s Foundation headquarters, Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire, The Prince’s Foundation offices in London, and industry placements with craftspeople throughout the UK.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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: BCP Programme Overview

*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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

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 from a Centre of Vocational Excellence.

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

  • Significant working experience in your chosen craft/trade area.

FUNDING

The Building Crafts Programme is a fully funded course. All successful candidates will be awarded a full scholarship covering the course fees and will receive a monthly bursary of £1000 to cover travel and living costs.

Accommodation is provided during the Introductory Programme, Live Build, Industry Placements (except when within 90mins of home address), and Business Skills course.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the Building Crafts Programme 2022-23 are now open.

To apply download the course overview and application form here:

Course Overview

Application Form - PDF

Application Form - Word

Send your completed application form and accompanying portfolio via email (preferred) to Michael.Goodger@princes-foundation.org

Or post to

The Prince’s Foundation, c/o Michael Goodger, Dumfries House, Cumnock, East Ayrshire Scotland, KA18 2NJ

Interviews will take place at the Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock, Scotland, KA18 2NJ week commencing 9th May 2022.

For more information please contact Michael Goodger at Michael.Goodger@princes-foundation.org

Deadline for applications : Monday 28th March 2022, 12 noon