Like the whole of the construction industry, the built heritage sector faces challenges around skills shortages and poor external image. In response to these challenges, the NFB formed the NFB Heritage Group to work with our members and industry stakeholders to ensure that the skills, expertise and competences are in place to support a robust built heritage sector.
In the short term, we aim to determine the sector’s training needs, policy priorities and other ambitions relating to the built heritage sector. We will also be a focal point for the sector as part of the broader industry.
In the longer term, we will represent the needs of NFB members in relation to the built heritage sector, act as a conduit so NFB members can share knowledge and skills, work with other organisations to promote and campaign on relevant issues, and we will raise awareness of specialist skills more broadly in order to aid the recruitment of new entrants to the sector. This will require the development of training initiatives within contract procurement, improving the education landscape for traditional skills and, importantly, encouraging the appropriate treatment of skills and apprenticeships in tenders.