HPR Training

We currently have vacancies in the North East for time served stonemasons and also for two labourers to join the company with a view to progressing towards an apprenticeship in stonemasonry starting in 2019. We also have vacancies for experienced building labourers who are looking for the opportunity to progress to more rewarding skilled work via training and upskilling.

If you are interested in what we do and in traditional restoration work with Historic Property Restoration Ltd then please get in touch via the Contact Us page of this website – sending a CV or brief details of your previous experience.

Training & Development

Historic Property Restoration Ltd is the largest contracting organisations in the North of England providing training for stonemasonry and heritage conservation skills.

Training & Development Plan

Every year we work with Construction Skills (formerly the CITB) to produce an Annual Training and Development Plan that is implemented to develop our employees’ skills in the heritage sector. This training takes many, forms, including 3 year masonry apprenticeships via block release at York College and NVQ's in heritage skills via on site assessment.


Apprentices are required to achieve NVQ level 3 in stonemasonry as well as receiving internal training and accreditation in specialist conservation techniques such as plaster consolidation and detailed stone dentistry techniques. Applications for apprenticeships in stonemasonry are invited in May/June each year, with a view to a September start date for the 3 year apprenticeship programme. Many years of subsequent training and experience is provided to allow those with expert skills to eventually become master craftsmen. We have over 20 years of experience in delivering high quality apprenticeships.


More senior employees are encouraged to ‘upskill’ via the on site assessment process, again in conjunction with construction skills, to achieve NVQ qualifications in stonemasonry and heritage skills.

Safety Training

All our Site Supervisors have attained the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme Certificate. Some are also qualified members of the Institute of Site Managers. They are also all trained and qualified to inspect standing scaffolding and undertake many other training courses to ensure their continual development.

Heritage Building Skills Bursary Scheme

We have also helped pilot the Heritage Building Skills Bursary Scheme, which is a 1 year placement for people with existing craft skills to allow them access to the specialist conservation training provided on Historic Property Restoration Ltd’s live projects.

Specialist Training

In addition to the above we have many site-based staff who are trained to do risk assessments; trained and certified Cintec Anchor installers; staff trained and certified to sympathetically clean buildings using the micro air technique, JOS Torc and inert chemical cleaning methods; staff trained as appointed persons for cranes to manage and supervise crane lifts; supervisors appraised of the new CDM regulations and 12 trained first aiders.

This investment in training is reinforced by our Chairman, Mike Moody, who was previously Chairman of the National Heritage Training Group and Stone Federation Great Britain.

All this training helps to ensure the continuation of the conservation techniques and practices for which HPR has become renowned and enables our rigorous standards to be maintained and further enhanced as we work to ensure the preservation of a competent, skilled workforce.

As stated elsewhere in this brochure, we boldly claim to have one of the finest groupings of skilled craftsmen in the field of Historic Property Restoration Ltd, and providing the continuity and development of the skills required to service, maintain and safeguard our national heritage, and those incredible buildings and monuments that punctuate this heritage, is clearly a responsibility that Historic Property Restoration Ltd has embraced.

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