New heritage roles help to grow Broads Authority’s apprentice intake

Following the success of its annual apprenticeship scheme, the Broads Authority is pleased to offer a total of five apprenticeship opportunities in 2019 including two exciting new roles focussing on heritage skills.

apprentices strimming

The Broads Authority’s annual apprenticeship scheme (run in conjunction with Easton and Otley College) is now entering its fifth year. The scheme currently supports three apprentices in gaining a level 2 NVQ in Environmental Conservation, allowing them to learn new practical skills and achieve certificates in a number of areas from chainsaw felling and safe pesticide use to RYA level 2 powerboat training.

New for 2019 are two exciting new opportunities for Heritage Skills Apprentices to join our annual intake. The roles have been organised by the National Lottery Heritage Funded Water, Mills and Marshes scheme and are being run in conjunction with City College Norwich.

The two apprentices will be based at a purpose-built Heritage Skills Training Centre situated within City College where they will learn traditional techniques and continue the legacy of heritage skills that at one time were practiced widely throughout the Broads National Park. Both roles will focus on a different area of heritage skills, with one apprentice gaining a level 2 qualification in bricklaying and the other a level 3 qualification in carpentry and joinery.

The two roles, which are unique for East Anglia, will also offer apprentices the opportunity to support the ongoing work of the Water, Mills and Marshes scheme including the restoration of 12 historic drainage mills in the Broads area.

student at north mill

Completed works to date include restoration projects at North Mill on Halvergate Marshes and the Steam Engine House at Strumpshaw Fen. Later in 2019 the apprentices will help with works to repair and restore the brickworks, sails and structures of the three iconic Broads mills of Mutton’s Mill, Six-mile House Drainage Mill and scenic Herringfleet Mill in Suffolk.

Speaking of the new apprenticeships, Will Burchnall (Programme Manager of Water, Mills and Marshes) said:

We are delighted to be able to offer these two special opportunities for new apprentices to join the Water, Mills and Marshes team.

“Learning about heritage skills allows us to better understand the way that previous inhabitants of our landscape lived and worked in it, and also ensures that we can continue to care for and maintain these iconic Broads landmarks well into the future.

“We hope that the new apprenticeships will help to spread enthusiasm about heritage skills to young people and pass on knowledge of traditional building techniques to future generations so that this important expertise is not lost.”

All apprenticeships with the Broads Authority help to develop young people’s skills and give them valuable career experience for the future.

This year’s five apprenticeships commence from September 2019. To apply for the Environmental Conservation Apprenticeships visit the Easton and Otley College website (closing 31 July), to apply for the Heritage Bricklaying Apprenticeship visit the Gov website (closing 21 July) and to apply for the Advanced Carpentry & Joinery Apprenticeship visit the Gov website (closing 21 July).

Tuesday 9 July 2019