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CITB Northern Ireland

As an Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council, CITB Northen Ireland's role is to encourage the adequate training of those employed or intending to be employed in the construction industry and to improve the skills and productivity of the industry in Northern Ireland. They provide advice, courses and grants for training to help construction companies improve their skills to increase their competitive edge.

Visit the CITB Northern Ireland website here.

CITB Heritage Activities in Northern Ireland

In 2009 the National Heritage Training Group launched their first major primary research of traditional building craft skills in the built heritage sector for the whole of Ireland, titled Traditional building Craft Skills – Assessing the Need, Meeting the Challenge Skills Needs Analysis of the Built Heritage Sector in Ireland. 

To address the Skills Action Plan included in the research, CITB NI have been successful in submitting funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and received approximately £859,000 funding .
The HLF funding received has been for two different training programmes, Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland and Heritage Specialist Apprentice Programme in Wood Occupations.

Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in NI

In 2010 and 2012 funding was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in NI project.  The project consists of three elements.

Firstly upskilling for a small number of craftspeople to develop their knowledge, skills and experience of traditional building skills through one year work-based placements.

Secondly, increasing the capacity to participate in a dedicated three week Training the Trainers programme as it is equally important to develop the training infrastructure to ensure sustainable provision.

Thirdly, using experienced craftsmen and women as Heritage Ambassadors and mentors to pass on their skills and knowledge to the placements on the programme and promote the built heritage sector more widely.  These three elements have helped and will continue to address and improve the current under-provision of training in this field and contribute to caring for and better maintenance of the 125,000 (pre-1919) buildings across Northern Ireland.
Read about the placements here and read the case studies on the programme here.

Heritage Specialist Apprentice Programme in Wood Occupations

In March 2014, CITB NI was awarded further funding of £379,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first ever Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme in Wood Occupations to be delivered in Northern Ireland for 12 experienced carpenters and joiners with the outcome of the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Wood Occupations.  The programme includes a dedicated four week off-the-job training programme along with 11 months on site training and commenced in September 2014.   Placement providers include Piperhill Construction, JRC Construction, the National Trust and National Museums NI.

Three college lecturers, Kieron Flannery, Belfast Metropolitan College, Alex Boyd, South West College and Raymond Palmer, South Eastern Regional College will assist in the delivery of the off-the-job training element which is being delivered by the Traditional Building Skills Training Company so they can offer the course in their respective colleges.

A team of Heritage Ambassadors/Mentors have been recruited to mentor the trainees and promote the heritage sector in Northern Ireland. 
Read some of the Blog’s from this programme here



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