Foundation Programme for Heritage Skills

The course provides vocational training in traditional skills for young people in Nidderdale. It is a full-time study programme that provides high quality education, training and specialist work placements, helping students to make a positive transition between school and the world of employment, apprenticeship and further education. You can watch our video to find out more about what our students do:

As a vocational course, students spend much of their time out on a variety of different practical training. One day each week is an individual work placement. Previous student placements have included:

  • FarmingConservation work
  • Joinery
  • Masonry
  • Tourism

Students also have the opportunity to work as part of the Nidderdale AONB team one day per week, learning a variety of conservation techniques from tree planting to building footpaths.  Academic work focuses on gaining Functional Maths, English and ICT alongside NCFE Certificates in Enterprise Skills, Occupational Skills in the Workplace and Personal & Social Effectiveness.

Students also spend time learning fine craft skills under the expert guidance of local craft artists at Number 6 Studio Gallery, again with one session each week. Crafts include fine metal work, print making, book making and enamelling.

Other training courses, including sessions at the Heritage Craft Alliance in Thorp Perrow are included at no extra cost.

Are you interested in finding out more about the course?

Get in touch if you think this course could be for you. Admission is for students aged 16+ in the September the course begins (year 12 equivalent)  – you’ll need to fill in an application form and then come to an interview. To request an application form or find out more, contact the course provider North Yorkshire County Council Adult Learning & Skills Service on 01609 533946 or use our contact form and we’ll pass on your request.

If you are a Nidderdale business owner:

Could you offer a one day per week work experience placement for a student interested in heritage skills? If so, please contact Nidderdale Plus via who will give you more details about the work placement element of the course.