FREE European heritage placements



There is a call out for from Vernacular Architecture Revival (VAR) for participants from anywhere in the UK to go on a FREE 10 day placement in Europe for personal development in areas covering ‘Accessing Vernacular Skills in Built infrastructure’.


All costs such as travel, accommodation mentor support, training and meals are provided by the fund, with key opportunities in Bulgaria, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Romania running from March till September 2012.


Katherine Banner of the VAR initiative writes:

As you may know, our organisation ‘The VAR Initiative’ work is based in the North East and we, facilitates trainees, teachers and trainers to travel to other European states for vocational training, networking and CPD. We are currently delivering a Leonardo EU Mobility project and setting up a Stone Academy.


We have an exciting range of opportunities through our EU ‘Lifelong Learning Programme’ (‘Leonardo da Vinci’) supported project ‘Accessing Vernacular Skills in Built infrastructure’ – for vocational education and training professionals – basically teachers, trainers, demonstrators, training organizers, course writers etc., from the cultural and creative industry sector.


With the successful Cyprus placement complete, there are still places left for, Romania, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Germany and Iceland. We send 5 adults per group who are met by a host organisation who guide them through a diverse programme of activities.


The EU has tightened the rules and those who have previously attended cannot normally travel again. We concentrate on traditional skills and crafts under threat.


For further information please contact Katherine Banner, Project Officer- Darlington office, The VAR Initiative:


For the VAR initiative see: LINK

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