Specialist Applied Skills Programme - Heritage Stone Masonry, Plastering or Carpentry

Tywi Centre

Date TBC

What qualification will I achieve?

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Mason QUH870, Plastering (Solid) QUD870 or Wood Occupations QUG870.  Following this you will be eligible to apply for a CSCS Heritage Gold Card

Can anyone undertake this qualification?

You need to have at least a Level 2 qualification in your chosen craft or related discipline with some exposure to the Heritage environment, or have an equivalent amount of on-site experience.  There is no upper age limit.

How much will it cost and how much grant can I claim from CITB?

The cost of the SAP is £4,125.  This includes all training, on-site assessment and Tywi Centre administration costs.

A grant of £4,125 is available from the CITB to in-scope, levy registered employers to contribute to course costs and lost off-site hours if a course participant meets the following criteria:

  1. The trainee must have a full time contract of employment with a CITB registered company (grant not available to sub contract labour).
  2. The trainee must not have previously attended a Level 3 CITB grant assisted apprenticeship programme.

How long is the course?

The course is made up of 2 parts – training and assessment.  The training is 20 days.  The assessment is carried out whilst the trainee is working in their regular place of work.  The whole course will last 12 months.  Up to 5 meetings, usually lasting no more than a couple of hours, will be held with the assessor over the period of the course.

2018 Training Dates:

For further information and to discuss training dates please contact us.

Where will the training be carried out?

The training will be based in Llandeilo, either at or near the Tywi Centre.  Theoretical training and workshop based activities will take place in the Tywi Centre Workshops at Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT.  Small training projects may be undertaken in the locality at venues such as the National Botanic Gardens in Wales or at National Trust properties.

Where will the trainee get their work experience?

The trainee’s employer must have access to Heritage sites to enable trainees to hone their skills gained during their training, plus to have adequate number of assessment opportunities in order to achieve their NVQ Level 3.  Further information on the support required by an employer can be provided on request.

Where can trainees stay whilst on the training programme?

There is plenty of hostel, hotel and B&B accommodation in Llandeilo.  A list of accommodation is available on request.

When an assessor comes on site, what do they do?

At the beginning of the SAP an assessor will carry out a detailed student interview in order to develop a profile of the student’s skills, and areas where training and additional support will be required.  Following this, the assessor will visit the student at their place of work to gain evidence of achievement, either through observation and/or a mixture of questioning and previous work records for each of the NVQ modules.  The assessor will be looking for evidence of a student’s own work, and that it has been carried out to the appropriate standard.

For more information contact the Tywi Centre