'It is essential to develop, maintain and pass on the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to sustain the historic environment'. Conservation Principles, Policy and Guidance; English Heritage
Education and training: over many years SSHConservation has been involved in developing professional training in craft and conservation and in delivering skills programmes for school pupils, students and professionals.
SSHConservation actively supports the training of our own staff through CPD and apprenticeship programmes. Interpretation and education is an important element of our work, particularly on historic sites open to the public.
Our team supports on-site training, outreach work and positive interaction with the public.
We offer gender role models of women working at all levels from main contractor and site manager to mason and conservator.
In addition to our own in house training programmes, the company has strong links with the masonry course at Bath College and the FDSc Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation course at Bournemouth University and Weymouth College.
The company promotes a strong belief in the integration of masonry, carving and conservation skills. This approach produces a multi-disciplinary workforce, and is supportive of apprentices’ understanding of the integrated nature of architectural and monument conservation.
We are regularly involved in the SkillBuild national stone masonry competition, run by the CITB.
Sally Strachey regularly lectures to students on the MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath and to Post Graduate Students at the Architectural Association. We can also offer professional CPD sessions for architects.
SSHConservation is CITB registered and has a current training plan in place which is monitered by the Construction Industry Training Board.