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.