Young Heritage Apprenticeship

Starting your career in traditional building

Duration: 12 months

Bursary: £765 per month


Our Young Heritage Apprenticeship programme began in 2014 and has been designed to help 16-18 year olds into a career in the heritage sector. Our course provides practical experience in traditional building crafts and the opportunity to gain a heritage building skills related NVQ Level 2, vital to starting a career within the heritage sector. 

What will you be doing:

The course starts with a 3 week Summer School at the Dumfries House Estate. Over the 3 weeks you will work with professional craftspeople trying out trades such as stonemasonry, plastering, carpentry and roofing.  You will work with the Summer School tutors to decide which of these traditional building crafts you would like to specialise in for your training placements.  You will also meet with an NVQ assessor to discuss how you will be working towards your NVQ whilst on the programme and also complete a health and safety exam. 

You will then undertake at least two training placements with heritage craftspeople in your chosen craft.  These placements will take place in your local area, allowing you to live at home during this time. Placements are for 10 months of the programme.

During the 12 month course you will attend a short course in business and employability skills and a short course in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings. 

Some students may also have the opportunity to return to Dumfries House Estate and take part in a Live Build which forms part of our Building Craft Apprentices programme.

Who is this course for?

16-18 year olds who are no longer in education at the time the programme begins (25th July).  There are no entry requirements in terms of past experience but we do welcome applications from those who have knowledge of or interest in the heritage sector or traditional building crafts. 

We are looking for those with the will to succeed in the traditional building and conservation sector and the desire to continue to develop and use the skills they gain through this programme to improve the built environment for this, and future generations. 

Important Information:

  • All participants receive a monthly bursary of £765 to cover travel and subsistence costs whilst on training placements
  • Travel and accommodation costs for trips to Dumfries House Estate are paid for by the Prince’s Foundation
  • Training placements are arranged within one hour of apprentices homes, allowing for participants to live at home
  • This is a full time course.  Apprentices will be working up to 35 hours a week, with some weekend work required. 

What qualifications do you receive?

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance, Multi-Trade Repair and Refurbishment (Construction)
  • CSCS card in Health and Safety 
  • Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings

Key Skills and Outcomes from attending the programme:

  • Business planning and employability skills (timekeeping, responsibility, team working) through attendance of short course and training placements
  • New skills in traditional building crafts through attending Summer School and training placements
  • Workplace experience through training placements 
  • The chance to work with some of the country’s leading master craftspeople 
  • Support with further training courses and employment opportunities 


To Apply:

1) Download the application form on the right of this page in the related documents section or contact Lauren Banks to request an application to be posted to you. 

2) Send us a YouTube clip, no longer than 2 minutes.  For more instructions including how to submit it, download the YouTube application form in the related documents section on the right of this page.   

Deadline for submitting applications is: 9 May 2016

Application forms can be emailed to:


Or post them by recorded delivery to:

Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
c/o Lauren Banks
19-22 Charlotte Road

For more information please contact:

Lauren Banks, Education Administrator
020 7613 8582