Students honoured as graduation ceremony is held at Cathedral
» 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.”