Good news for aspiring stonemasons, carpenters, plasterers and roofers: The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (TPFFBC) has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a 12-month programme to encourage those aged between 16 and 18 to pursue careers in the heritage sector.

The charity’s Young Heritage Apprentices will be given the opportunity to train in traditional crafts and their hands-on learning will be supplemented by business skills classes and placements with leaders in the field.

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A recent survey suggested that almost 80% of those working in the heritage sector have not yet taken steps to pass on their knowledge. Edith Platten of TPFFBC believes that the industry needs an influx of young talent more than ever. ‘Showing young people that you can have a successful career as a master craftsperson is essential,’ she says. Visit www.princes-foundation.org.

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