Has your new year’s resolution been to further develop your career in carpentry?

January 2020

If so, the Tywi Centre in Llandeilo has the answer.

Its Heritage Carpentry NVQ3 Specialist Applied Skills Programme starts next this spring and will expand your skills and knowledge in the field of Heritage Carpentry.
Starting on March 23, those completing the course will gain a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) - Wood Occupations.

Following this, they will be eligible to apply for a CSCS Heritage Gold Card.
The course is made of two parts - training and assessment.

There is 20 days of off-site training that are spread out over 12 months.
The on-site assessment is carried out over 18 months whilst the candidate is working at their regular place of work.

Taught elements of the carpentry course include specialist carpentry techniques, restoration of timber products, bench joinery, traditional heavy timber framework, architectural recognition, identification of materials, recognition of defects and understanding Conservation Law.

Theoretical training and workshop-based activities will take place in the Tywi Centre workshops.
During previous courses small training projects have also been undertaken in local venues such as the National Botanic Garden of Wales or at National Trust properties.

The Carpentry Specialist Applied Skills Programme is fully funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and is free to eligible companies.

The Tywi Centre is a CITB Approved Training Organisation and they won the tender to deliver the Specialist Applied-Skills Programmes in both Heritage Carpentry and Heritage Plastering based on their expertise in these fields.

“Wales is crying out for craftsmen and women able to repair historic timberwork, particularly old sash windows,” said Nell Hellier, Tywi Centre’s senior built heritage officer.
“Owners of listed buildings are rarely given consent to simply replace their old timberwork but struggle to find people who can repair it.
“We think that there is a real opportunity in the market place for more construction craftspeople with these skills to pick up masses of work.”

For more information about the course, visit the Tywi Centre website www.tywicentre.org.uk or call 01558 824271.