I will build a great wall

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THE an­cient craft of dry-stone walling will be taken up by for­mer pris­on­ers, ser­vice­men and peo­ple from di­verse eth­nic mi­nori­ties, among oth­ers, as part of a £10 mil­lion project to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of her­itage crafts­peo­ple.

The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) has an­nounced in­vest­ment in 18 Uk-wide projects, which also in­clude rig­ging, re­pair­ing tra­di­tional wooden sail­ing ships and work­ing on her­itage rail­ways. The £183,800 awarded to the Dry Stone Walling As­so­ci­a­tion will se­cure the train­ing of eight new wallers across the UK, help­ing to tackle the on­go­ing skills short­age, and trainees with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence will be tar­geted.

‘There is no quick fix to this prob­lem,’ says HLF Chair Sir Peter Luff. ‘The her­itage sec­tor has been slow in widen­ing the pro­file of its work­force and, as a con­se­quence, is on a long-term learn­ing curve. We wanted to build on the legacy of our ex­ist­ing tar­geted skills fund­ing—£47 mil­lion to date—and make a fur­ther fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment of just over £10 mil­lion. Why? Be­cause we know the Skills for the Fu­ture pro­gramme can drive suc­cess­ful and last­ing change. It’s sim­ple yet highly ef­fec­tive: trainees paired with ex­perts gain ac­cess to knowl­edge plus prac­ti­cal, paid, on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence.’ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, tele­phone Linda Clark­son on 01539 567953 or email train­ing@dswa.org.uk

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