National Trust Building Apprenticeships

Building apprentices with the tools of their trade

Building apprentices with the tools of their trade

We’re funding a major apprenticeship scheme to help tackle a severe shortage of building skills in the heritage sector.

The scheme, aimed mainly at 16–19 year olds but open to all, offered training in skills such as stone masonry, carpentry, joinery, lead work, plumbing, and painting/decorating.

Places were offered on a three-year contract basis. College and tuition fees were covered and our apprentices achieved:

  • NVQ levels 2 and 3 in their trade
  • NVQ level 3 in heritage skills or credits towards this

2011 locations and apprenticeship roles

  • Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire - carpenter / joiner
  • Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire - mason
  • Bransdale, North Yorkshire - carpenter / joiner
  • Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire - carpenter / joiner
  • Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire - stone mason
  • Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire - carpenter / joiner
  • Mount Stewart, County Down - joiner
  • Cotehele, Cornwall - mason
  • Dapdune Wharf, Surrey - navigations maintenance
  • Ascot, Buckinghamshire - painter / decorator and carpenter / joiner
  • Buscot and Coleshill, Wiltshire - carpenter

2010 locations and apprenticeship roles

  • Cotehele, Cornwall - painter / decorator
  • Bodmin Estate Yard, Cornwall - plumber and carpenter / bench joiner
  • Killerton, Devon - carpenter and mason
  • Kingston Lacey, Dorset - painter / decorator
  • Montacute, Somerset - carpenter / joiner
  • Buscot and Coleshill, Wiltshire - plumber
  • Dapdune Wharf, Surrey - navigations maintenance

The 2010 apprentices spent a week in September 2011 training at Guedelon, a 13th-century construction site near Burgundy, France. Find out more about Guedelon. You can also follow the apprentices' journey on the Guedelon Facebook page.

We are now funding Apprenticeships through the Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme.

For more information see

Photo (top of page) from left to right: Bradley Lang, Apprentice Carpenter/Joiner at Lanhydrock, Danielle Platt, Apprentice Plumber at Lanhydrock, Lyle Bosomworth, Apprentice Mason at Killerton, Jenny Sibley, Apprentice Painter at Cotehele and Jake Channing, Apprentice Carpenter at Killerton.