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NFB Heritage Group launch event
Tue 7 February 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
NFB Heritage Group launch event
In the UK as a whole, the construction industry employs around two million people. The built heritage sector is a subset of the main construction industry, but faces similar challenges around skills shortages and poor external image.
The heritage sector is a resource under threat with skills, experience and expertise being lost to future generations. Without these skills we will be unable to repair and care for our historic buildings, highlighting the need for immediate, strong and sustained action to prevent further erosion of the skills base. In addition, the continuing challenges for SMEs around accessing finance and working to pressured margins means they can find it difficult to compete on a level playing field with their larger counterparts when bidding for this type of work. This can negatively impact on employment opportunities and economic growth in local communities.
In response to these challenges, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has formed the NFB Heritage Group to work with members and industry stakeholders to ensure that the skills, expertise and competences are in place to support a robust built heritage sector going forward.
On 7 February 2017, the NFB Heritage Group will host its official launch at Eltham Palace, London. Members of the NFB Heritage group will join the wider NFB membership and construction companies with a particular focus and interest in the built heritage environment, to address some of these challenges and hear keynote addresses from relevant and influential heritage industry stakeholders.
* The Prince's Regeneration Trust and Prince's Foundation for Building Community
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community evolved from The Institute of Architecture, established by HRH The Prince of Wales. The keynote address will highlight the Foundation’s belief that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them, helping us live better at a local level, whilst also starting to deal with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.
* English Heritage
As an independent charity, English Heritage is dedicated to creating inspiring visitor experiences that bring the story of England to life. A representative from the charity will discuss how conservation is one of its four major priorities and offer advice and guidance on conservation works explain how it sources suppliers for conservation works.
* The National Trust
The National Trust looks after over 25,000 buildings and structures for the benefit of the nation, using traditional conservation techniques to ensure they are preserved forever and for everyone. Its representative will discuss the organisation’s commitment to skills and training and how these are aligned with thier procurement processes.
* The Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF)
As chairman of the CCATF, Martyn Price has spent his whole working career in the construction industry, initially as a former time served apprentice and thereafter as an employer/business owner. Martyn will present his views around the skills agenda and the development of apprenticeship and young talent within the heritage sector.
*NHTG (National Heritage Training Group)
The NHTG is a voluntary organisation established to co-ordinate the ongoing development and delivery of traditional building crafts training and qualifications in the heritage sector of the UK. Their representative will discuss the bursary scheme, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, to train people in heritage skills within a workplace setting.
*NFB Heritage Project of the Year Showcase
A representative from NFB member company, Ellis & Co, showcases the work carried out on the grade II listed 1650's renaissance style stately home that won it the accolade of NFB Heritage Project of the Year award in Novmber 2016.
The day will draw to a close with a Heritage Q&A Panel, providing you with an opportunity to ask questions of the day's speakers around your specific areas of interest.
For more information, please contact NFB Business & Skills on 03450 570 042.