Cathedral seeks heritage trainees

Lincoln Cathedral is offering three heritage skills bursaries in stonemasonry, joinery and lead work, to people looking for a special career opportunity.

With a £250,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the cathedral seeks people with an eye for detail for the full-time placements, lasting eighteen months.

Trainees will have to carry out conservation work with support and training from experienced crafts people to standards expected by Lincoln Cathedral.

Traineeships are aimed at people who already have a degree of competency to level 2 in construction, art and design or engineering gained through qualifications.

In partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, the scheme looks to attract applications from people who are currently under-represented in this workforce.

The apprentice scheme is just the first step of a larger project, as a Heritage Skills Centre will also be built at the grounds of the Lincoln Castle too.

When the centre is completed completed, a series of taster sessions would be held to encourage those who want to pursue a career in the heritage sector.

“The Cathedral and Castle need a constant supply of highly trained people working on their restoration, as do the many other historic buildings in the county,” said Eddy Poll, Executive Councillor for Economic Development at the County Council when the grant funding was first announced in June 2010.

— To request an application pack, email Amanda Allford at Lincolnshire County Council