Leeds City Council is looking to make a bid to secure a number of training opportunities for young people in the next stage of the Re-making Leeds project.
In May this year, the council were awarded initial backing under the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Skills for the Future programme and a development grant of £34,500 to develop a full bid for a £810,300 grant to spend on providing practical heritage skills training in the city.
Re-making Leeds aims to address several heritage construction skills shortages within the city, primarily in relation to the repairs and maintenance of pre 1919 buildings. There are an estimated 74,600 pre-1919 buildings in Leeds and there are increasing demands across the city for skilled and enthusiastic people to undertake the necessary repair and maintenance work.
For the next stage of the process the council will be submitting a bid focusing on the detailed training plan that will be provided for the city.
Working with Leeds College of Building and York College the project will offer quality work based training for over 19 year olds in NVQ3 in Heritage Construction Skills, along with short craft based skills training for SMEs already in the construction industry. There will be a practical focus on the heritage sector including providing specific training for a number of specific specialisms including stone masonry, lime mortars, lime plastering and rendering, roofing, carpentry, brickwork and electrical and plumbing work.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:
“We want to help strengthen a key sector of the Leeds economy by addressing an unmet training need within the heritage sector.
“We also want to ensure that we help businesses to continue to compete in the sector by up-skilling their workforce and ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn new, specific heritage skills to meet the increasing demand.”
“It is fantastic that we will be able to offer young people the chance to learn a new skill which will in turn help maintain the city’s historical buildings and heritage.
“Having been awarded one of the largest grants in the UK, Leeds is in an excellent position to really boost training in this sector and also offer much needed opportunities in the city.
At a meeting of council’s Executive Board on Wednesday 4 September, members will be asked to agree to the submission of the stage two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Notes to Editors
• ¹ Launched in July 2009, Skills for the Future is an HLF programme supporting organisations across the UK to develop vocational learning programmes. HLF has awarded grants totalling £47m under this programme enabling high-quality work-based training, the development of new qualifications and capacity building in the sector.
• Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with £5.5bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk. For further information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: (020) 7591 6036 out of hours mobile: 07973 613820.
Only 1 in 4 applications to the Skills for the Future programme were approved and Leeds’ award is one of the largest nationally.
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