Trainees to help with All Souls Church restoration

The restoration work at All Souls Church

An artist’s impression of the finished All Souls Church community centre

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news editor

THE regeneration of All Souls Church has created traineeships in traditional crafts.

Contractors leading the £4.9 million redevelopment, which will create “a building within a building”, have offered six paid training placements, funded by the National Heritage Training Groups (NHTG), in glazing, masonry and roofing, for three months of the project.

The construction work is being led by Walter Carefoot & Sons, supported by the conservation and restoration specialists Lambert Walker.

Alan Walker, director of Lambert Walker, said: “I am a firm believer in the principle and benefits of training, and during the interview process I was looking for people with the right attitude and the potential to learn.

“On a project like this you need people you can trust: workers with the discretion to conduct themselves approp-riately on heritage sites.

“All of these trainees more than lived up to my expectations in terms of attitude and ability, and luckily we’ve got enough work to keep them on for a few months longer.

“For me, this project has been about giving a chance to individual young men who really deserve it.”

On completion of the bursary funding, Lambert Walker offered the trainees a three-month paid placement to continue with the training they had received so far and all accepted with great delight.

Work is on schedule to finish for August, with the official opening of what will be Crompton Community Centre due for the autumn.

Director of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), Sarah Robinson said: ‘We are aiming to embed training, education and craft skills into our projects so that the end result is not just a conservation success, but a push forward in creating a sustainable animated workforce for the future of our heritage.”

At the end of the project, Lambert Walker will offer one of the masonry placements an apprenticeship at the firm.

CCT has been working with All Souls Bolton — the organisation that will take over the running of the centre when it opens in autumn this year.

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12:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

sallyupsteps says...

Good luck to all the apprentices, I I hope they have a long and successful career before them. My husband had a lifetime in his job and pridec himself on a job well done. We never had a fortune but his skill gave us the chance to build our own house. Also never forget you have a portable skill,.
Good luck to all the apprentices, I I hope they have a long and successful career before them. My husband had a lifetime in his job and pridec himself on a job well done. We never had a fortune but his skill gave us the chance to build our own house. Also never forget you have a portable skill,. sallyupsteps
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5:46pm Fri 4 Apr 14

hal pel says...

Why is it that jobs like this are only created when a funding body is willing to pay the wages of trainees? If Alan Walker is, as he states ". . .a firm believer in the principle and benefits of training. . ." then surely he'd be happy to pay the trainees entirely out of his own pocket?
Why is it that jobs like this are only created when a funding body is willing to pay the wages of trainees? If Alan Walker is, as he states ". . .a firm believer in the principle and benefits of training. . ." then surely he'd be happy to pay the trainees entirely out of his own pocket? hal pel
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4:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Carefoot says...

hal pel wrote:
Why is it that jobs like this are only created when a funding body is willing to pay the wages of trainees? If Alan Walker is, as he states ". . .a firm believer in the principle and benefits of training. . ." then surely he'd be happy to pay the trainees entirely out of his own pocket?
He has done, the bursaries were initially funded for three months by the NHTG, following on from that Lambert Walker have kept three of them on for the rest of the project, with the opportunity of one being offered a full time apprenticeship at the end of it. Pendle Stained Glass are also keeping on their bursary placement as well. We also have a number of other trainee placements underway through various subcontractors in other trades all having their wages paid direct.
(Jenny Martin - Carefoot (Main Contractor))
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: Why is it that jobs like this are only created when a funding body is willing to pay the wages of trainees? If Alan Walker is, as he states ". . .a firm believer in the principle and benefits of training. . ." then surely he'd be happy to pay the trainees entirely out of his own pocket?[/p][/quote]He has done, the bursaries were initially funded for three months by the NHTG, following on from that Lambert Walker have kept three of them on for the rest of the project, with the opportunity of one being offered a full time apprenticeship at the end of it. Pendle Stained Glass are also keeping on their bursary placement as well. We also have a number of other trainee placements underway through various subcontractors in other trades all having their wages paid direct. (Jenny Martin - Carefoot (Main Contractor)) Carefoot
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