Sunday, 3 October 2010
Kathryn Boler, External Funding Officer, said: ‘The New Forest has a rich cultural heritage with a wide range of historic buildings which require specialist skills to maintain. There is a high demand from property owners for craftsmen with traditional skills and an understanding of how to repair and look after historic buildings.
‘The subsidised courses will offer workshops for local building companies and architects who wish to specialise in this type of work. It is important that historic buildings are well restored and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
‘The training also opens up new avenues for local craftsmen, allowing them to be more competitive and take on new areas of work.
‘We have already had a number of businesses sign-up and many more are expressing an interest.’
The project provides training at a third of the usual cost and will take place at a number of local rural craft centres.
If you would like to learn more visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/buildingskills or to find out what courses are on offer contact Kathryn Boler by email at Kathryn.Boler@newforestnpa.gov.uk or telephone 01590-646690.