All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme

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Scheme aims to promote multidisciplinary learning providing exposure to elements of architecture, design and a range of craft skills

Applications have opened for The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme, a course which aims to preserve heritage building skills that are at risk of being lost by supporting those already working in the construction sector to push their skills to the next level.

Developed by The Prince’s Foundation in partnership with the Heritage Council in the Republic of Ireland and the Historic Environment Division of Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities, the programme will benefit aspiring craftspeople from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is supported by Benefact Trust, one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities.

The course will begin in July and has been specifically developed to meet the demand for upskilling in heritage building skills in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend 12 months engaging in collaborative learning experiences while honing their heritage craft skills and gaining invaluable experience working on historic sites.

It will help preserve skills that are at risk of being lost such as traditional carpentry, lime work, thatching, blacksmithing, and stonemasonry. To ensure it is accessible to all, successful applicants will be awarded a full scholarship and will be provided with a monthly bursary to help cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

Find out more about The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme and how to apply.

Applications are open until 12 noon on Monday 23 May 2022.

First published 17 May 2022