Council brings heritage construction skills training to North Devon

Arlington Court

Construction workers, tradespeople and building students or apprentices in North Devon are being invited to learn about some traditional skills in heritage construction and restoration at an event next month.

The Heritage Construction Skills event, which will take place between 9.30am and 3pm on Friday 3 November at Arlington Court, will provide an opportunity to learn about the skills gap in the heritage sector, and find out how a range of traditional building and craft skills can be developed, to ensure their continuity for future projects.

North Devon has a rich historical, architectural and rural heritage that contributes to the cultural identity of its towns and villages. The council’s Conservation Officer, Collette Hall, has identified an ongoing shortage of local tradespeople in the heritage sector, which reflects the national landscape. The Heritage Construction Skills scheme was developed to address this shortage, creating sustainable local economic benefits and preserving our heritage assets.

Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at North Devon Council, Councillor Malcolm Prowse says: "Without skilled professionals who can use traditional techniques, there is a risk of losing this heritage through neglect or inappropriate modifications to our beautiful historic buildings. Addressing the skills shortage in heritage construction and restoration provides through a scheme such as this provides an opportunity to train a new generation in traditional craftsmanship to ensure their continuity for future projects. 

"We would urge North Devon construction companies, independent tradespeople and students and apprentices in this field to come along and learn about some extremely valuable and fascinating skills."

Places on the course can be booked on See Tickets.