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You might have seen some of the training sessions we’ve offered as part of our traditional building skills programme.

With these in-person courses off the cards for a while, we recently held our first one-day course on ‘Introduction to Hot Mix Lime’ direct live to trainees in their homes.

Ned Sharer, from the National Building Centre, expert in advice, guidance, and training in the use of lime and other building craft skills, gave trainees an insight into the use of lime mortar.

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Even though the trainees weren’t able to test their practical skills as they normally would with face to face learning, the engagement and knowledge delivered made for a fantastic online course.

Take a look at the photo below to see how the course was delivered.

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Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economy, said: “I was very pleased to hear this training is being delivered in an innovative way while trainers are unable to deliver a traditional face to face course. This new approach of delivering training is a fantastic opportunity and vital part of the traditional building skills programme.

“It’s so important that we’re able to build up the skills-base for these types of specialised trades in Wrexham.

“The more we can do that, the more traders and contractors we’ll have locally who can take on the type of work needed to upkeep and maintain our excellent stock of heritage and traditional buildings.

“The interest in, and uptake for, the live online course has been wonderful to see.

“Similar courses are planned over the coming weeks, so I would advise those interested to keep an eye on our blog and in the media for further updates.”

The courses are free thanks to funding from the Wrexham Traditional Building Skills Programme; funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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