Historic Environment Skills (HES) has been running since 2018 and has so far had eleven individuals begin placements in a range of skills essential in caring for and preserving the historic environment!

The idea behind the project is that there is a skills shortage in heritage skills, with not enough people learning how to care for our built heritage. Older buildings require specialist care and in recent years, skilled craftspeople have not necessarily had the opportunity to train the next generation of crafters and conservators. HES hopes to change that and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Skills for the Future grant, we are helping organisations train those future master builders.

As of Summer 2020, we have had trainees in Stone Masonry, Joinery, Archaeology, Buildings Trust Preservation Management in placements at Lincoln Cathedral and Heritage Lincolnshire. We have also had trainees specialising in Heritage Joinery at Jericho Joinery, Slate Roofing and Heritage Plastering at Messenger BCR and Historic Building Conservation with Millstone Restoration. Another example is one Historic Environment Advice Assistant who began his apprenticeship with Lincolnshire County Council's Historic Places team in October 2020.

All of the trainees who have finished with us so far have chosen to stay in the same skill area as they continue to build their careers or pursue further study. We have also celebrated achievements and promoted our trainees' new skills in events to the wider community. You can meet the trainees at many of these events and also learn more about what a career in heritage entails.

Between 2018 and 2022, the project hopes to equip 20 interested people with the skills needed to protect and maintain our rich historic environment in future years. If you are a young person looking to begin a career in the built heritage sector or someone looking to change careers, these might be the opportunities for you!

Current Recruitment

We are delighted to announce that we are now looking for three new trainees! All placements are for twelve months and are hosted by different organisations.

  • Traditional Matting Bursary Trainee Technician with Make An Entrance (deadline 18th September)
HES Heritage Traditional Slate Maker Bursary Trainee Role Description HES Heritage Joinery Bursary Trainee Role Description
  • Heritage Joinery Bursary Traineeship with Jericho Joinery ( deadline 18th September)
HES Traditional Matting Trainee Technician Bursary Role Description


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To apply, please visit the placement page and download the role description and the expression of interest form. Complete the form and email it to by the deadline. You can also email us if you have any questions or if you need any additional support.

Trainee Interview 2019