Stu­dents hon­oured as grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony is held at Cathe­dral

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

» STU­DENTS from the Cathe­drals’ Work­shop Fel­low­ship were hon­oured at Glouces­ter Cathe­dral, as they grad­u­ated with a foun­da­tion de­gree in ap­plied his­toric build­ing con­ser­va­tion and re­pair.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion of­fers stone­ma­sons, car­pen­ters, elec­tri­cians and plumbers a recog­nised ca­reer path and a route to higher-level qual­i­fi­ca­tions through a two-year work-based study pro­gramme.

Run by the CWF and spon­sored by Glouces­ter-based Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal, the pro­gramme cov­ers a range of prac­ti­cal work-based top­ics in­clud­ing prin­ci­ples of stone and wood con­struc­tion, his­toric build­ing con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives.

The eleven grad­u­ates re­ceived their awards from Stephen Marston, vice chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Glouces­ter­shire in front of friends, fam­ily, the Mas­ter of the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Ma­sons, Christo­pher Rad­more and this year’s new stu­dents who started their de­gree pro­gramme the fol­low­ing day. The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held as part of the Cathe­dral’s even­song ser­vice.

Chris Pitt, cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity man­ager at Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal said: “We are proud to be able to con­tinue our spon­sor­ship of the pro­gramme. We have some of the most in­cred­i­ble build­ings here in the UK and, with­out in­vest­ment in her­itage skills, many would be at risk of fall­ing in to dis­re­pair.”

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