Foundation Programme for Heritage Skills

The course provided vocational training in traditional skills for young people in Nidderdale. It was a full-time study programme that provided 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 did:

As a vocational course, students spent 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:

  • FarmingA student and AONB volunteer planting a tree with Gouthwaite Reservoir in the distance
  • Joinery
  • Masonry
  • Tourism

Students also had 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 focused on gaining Functional Maths, English and ICT alongside NCFE Certificates in Enterprise Skills, Occupational Skills in the Workplace and Personal & Social Effectiveness.

A close up of hands doing intricate craft workStudents also spent 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 included fine metal work, print making, book making and enamelling.

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