Historic Buildings Conservation Trainee - Lincoln

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Title Historic Buildings Conservation Trainee

Reporting to Trevor Oliver, Millstone Restoration (Lincoln)

Base Location Lincoln and various site locations

Bursary amount £900 per month

Period of training 12 months

Hours The policy is for 37 hours a week across 5 days. Standard hours 8.30am – 4.30pm with some flexibility.

The traineeship requires flexibility and it will be necessary to participate some weekends and evenings.

Holidays 22 working days per annum, plus statutory public holidays.

Background Information The Historic Environment Project is a 4-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide 21 bursary placements offering opportunities for trainees to gain a heritage related skill including traditional building and archaeology.

Start date:  September 2019, exact date TBC


Who is the Traineeship aimed at?

We are looking for individuals with a passion for heritage and interest in the preservation of older buildings. This opportunity focuses on conservation and restoration, with the chance to learn a range of skills, including lead, plastering, joinery, lime wash and mortar. There is also an element of experimenting with traditional and natural building materials, including the Lincolnshire vernacular of mud and stud.

The traineeships represent an outstanding opportunity to train the next generation of skilled crafts people.  This traineeship is aimed at people who may not have any previous experience in heritage but will also benefit those who already have a degree of competency to level 2 in construction, roofing, conservation or engineering gained through achieving qualifications or through practical experience.  We are particularly interested in attracting applications from people who are currently under-represented in this workforce such as women, people from black and minority ethnic communities or people with disabilities.

We are keen to attract people seeking to change career including those who have caring responsibilities.  We are able to provide a contribution to essential childcare expenses for those for whom access to care may be a barrier to training.  We will offer additional support and guidance to promising candidates who may not meet the trainee specification.

Outcomes from training

  • Accreditation in "Understanding the Repair and Maintenance of Pre1919 buildings" Heritage module
  • Appropriate training courses in the skills as well as general employability courses
  • CSCS card registration
  • Increased skills and knowledge
  • Trainees will be taught how to work safely and will be taught about the risks associated with the project and how to avoid them.
  • It is anticipated that the following range of skills will be covered during the course of the placement:
    • A range of practical skills in joinery, conservation, lime pointing and plastering as well as experimenting with different natural building materials such as building structures using the local to Lincolnshire method of mud and stud.
    • The knowledge of how to work with respect for the historic environment in order to avoid accidental harm to the fabric
    • The opportunity to work on different types of heritage buildings and learn more about traditional building methods
    • Examples of projects to include on CV and in future job applications


Trainees will receive a monthly stipend of £900 to cover your living and travel costs. This is does not include any National Insurance. If you currently receive any benefits you should make your local authority aware if you are successful in taking up this placement as it could affect these.

For this placement, a clean driving license and own vehicle is preferred due to the rural nature of the area.

There is an Access Fund available at the discretion of the Project Steering Group which can provide assistance if there is a barrier which may prevent a potential bursary trainee from taking up a placement, for example excessive transport costs, childcare costs or adjustments for additional needs. Please make your need for this clear in your expression of interest.

This training opportunity will last for 12 months. No ongoing employment is guaranteed with Lincolnshire County Council or your placement host.


Person Specification

You will be over the age of 18 and be able to confirm that you are eligible to study in the UK. You will need to successfully complete an occupational health assessment.  We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the potential to become expert craftspeople, who will take responsibility for their own learning and personal development and who are committed to pursuing a career in the heritage sector in the UK.


Main Areas of Activity for Trainees

  • To carry out a full range of restoration and conservation tasks under the supervision of experienced Millstone Restoration works people
  • To carry out work with support and training from experienced crafts people to required standards of work, efficiency and quality expected by Trevor Oliver and his colleagues
  • To gain experience in a variety of skills related to restoration, earth building and lime in order to meet training targets
  • To gain experience in order to meet the outcomes in the training you will undertake as part of the traineeship.
  • To take responsibility for your own learning and development by creating your Individual Learning Plan, agreeing it with your Placement Mentor and the Project Coordinator, and updating your Learning Log on a weekly basis.
  • To be an active participant in the trainee programme
  • To participate in other learning opportunities and duties or tasks relating to your traineeship, as agreed with your placement supervisor including assisting in delivering taster courses and skills demonstrations
  • To ensure that all work is undertaken in line with the Project and Host's policies and practices
  • To be responsible for the health and safety of yourself and of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.



  • Good communication skills
  • Good numeracy skills relevant to a technical area
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Demonstrable interest in the historic built environment
  • Self-motivated – ability organise and balance priorities
  • Enthusiastic and flexible approach
  • Willingness to learn and take guidance



  • Functional or key skills qualifications to level 2 in English, maths and ICT
  • Work in the built environment
  • Technical skills
  • Competency to NVQ level 2 or equivalent experience in construction, art and design, engineering or related subject area
  • Clean driving license and own vehicle

The deadline for applications is: midnight on the 18th of August

The Historic Environment Skills project is not bound to consider any applications which arrive after this deadline.

Interviews will take place on the 3rd and 4th of September.

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