This project aims to make young people aware of the career possibilities linked to the care and maintenance of our historic environment. The pilot phase has involved staff from the Construction and Built Environment Department at Highbury College, notably master plasterer George Terry, and Debbie Robbins of Skills Heritage in Portsmouth, a specialist in traditional decorative techniques. Debbie and George have given introductory talks to a variety of students and young people not in education, employment and training in Portsmouth and nearby. These are being followed by taster workshops in plastering and gilding, with opportunities to find out more about training options.
Links have been made with local schools delivering the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment as well as the Portsmouth Foyer, an organisation working to support vulnerable teenagers.
FYT PUSH are planning to develop this project further in 2010/11 with additional partners covering the wider PUSH region.