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Decline in traditional building craft skills

Too few people are being trained in heritage building skills, which is putting England’s historic sites at risk, English Heritage has claimed.

Its Heritage Counts 2007 report says there was a fall of 13 per cent in the number of starting apprentices and trainees in heritage craft related skills in England between 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Such crafts include specialist bricklayers, wood trades and glaziers. Over 80,000 people are employed in such roles.

English Heritage and ConstructionSkills established the National Heritage Training Group in October 2002. It is due to report in more detail on this skills problem in 2008.