Leeds heritage grant aids building skills

Interior of a house during building The money will be used to give builders practical skills to maintain older buildings

About 130 people are to be taught the building skills needed to work on older properties after Leeds City Council received a grant of more than £845,000.

The Re-Making Leeds Project received the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve skills in maintaining and repairing pre-1919 buildings.

The project is expected to last three years, the council said.

Short skills courses would be run alongside on-the-job NVQ training on the city's traditional buildings.

The NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills would cater for 25 people, mainly 18 to 25-year-olds, and 105 builders would study for a certificate in heritage construction by day release.

For those wanting to set up their own firms, business administration and marketing skills will also be taught.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said the training would mean the city's important heritage buildings would be secured "for future generations to enjoy".

Leeds City Council will work alongisde Leeds College of Building, York College, Cskills and the Federation of Master Builders.

Research by the National Heritage Training Group found about 66% of workers on older buildings did not have the right skills.

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