NECT wins £300k for heritage skills

North of England Civic Trust (NECT) has been awarded £302,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver its innovative Heritage Skills in Education project.

The Heritage Skills in Education (HSed) project is an innovative programme to engage students with the conservation and heritage skills of the North East’s built environment, with a project that focusses on the craft and professional skills required to conserve, renovate, adapt and maintain the fabric of historic buildings within the North East.

Andie Harris, Learning and Skills Manager at North of England Civic Trust, said: ‘We are delighted that HLF have funded the project as the sector has identified the need to engage and inspire young people to ensure our important buildings and their landscape are understood, cared for and maintained appropriately for future generations to enjoy.’

Using proven enterprise and vocational training models, developed with teaching staff, craftspeople and historic environment staff, HSed will help a wide age range of students to gain experience through a range of activities designed to appeal to all learning styles. ?Working with schools, colleges and universities on an annual programme of activities, HSed will encourage collaboration between education organisations, heritage professionals and craftspeople to deliver meaningful learning in a real-world context.

The project has access to a large pool of heritage mentors, who will be available for expert advice, to guide the students on the development of their project, provide skills training and share their experience in the sector.

The HSed project will be launched at the English Heritage funded Heritage Skills Festival at Tynemouth Station on Friday 22nd June.


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