Construction skills will be boosted in a bid to transform some of Leeds’s most important heritage buildings.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Leeds City Council more than £845,000 to build up construction skills to maintain and repair pre-1919 properties across the city.
The grant, which is thought to be one of the biggest in the country from the Fund, will boost the Re-Making Leeds Project.
It will be used to support the project that builds on the skills needed to maintain, repair and refurbish pre-1919 residential, commercial and institutional properties in the city.
The funding comes following a nationwide call for measures to improve the training and employment prospects for those working in the heritage sector.
The council has received initial support for an £845,200 bid as part of the Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme.
Paid work-based training placements will be offered with experienced professionals.
The project also develops off-the-job bespoke training and on-site assessments to help towards gaining additional qualifications.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:“This is a great boost for training in Leeds.
“Working in partnership with training providers, this much needed funding will be used to address skills shortage by expanding existing and securing new quality training for the construction sector so that many of Leeds important heritage buildings are secured for future generations to enjoy”.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of Heritage Lottery Fund, added: “Nurturing skills of all types continues to be a hugely important part of the Fund’s portfolio of work.”