Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Trainees for heritage sector after £1m funding

A £1.1m funding boost will power 40 new paid training placements and skills development opportunities for people seeking a career in the heritage sector in Northern Ireland.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will distribute the awards through the Skills for the Future programme as part of a £20m boost for 39 projects across the UK.

A £379,000 cash boost will allow 12 apprentices to receive training and assessment helping them to achieve a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) -- Wood Occupations.

The apprentices will receive both on and off the job training with experienced heritage contractors.

The project, which will be delivered by CITB -- ConstructionSkills NI, will also provide an opportunity for three college lecturers to assist in the delivery of the apprenticeship programme.

The Ulster Wildlife Trust Ltd was awarded £371,200 to fund hands-on training placements for 18 trainees.

Ten apprenticeships will also be created across National Museums Northern Ireland, thanks to a £366,700 grant.