Sector-based Work Academy Programme

Summer 2022

Applications for the SWAP at Calverley Old Hall have now closed

In June to July 2022 we are hosting a 6-week long sector-based work academy (SWAP) at Calverley Old Hall. Designed for up to 12 adults (18 years and older) looking to develop their skills and experience in building and construction methods and to learn traditional craft skills in the hopes of securing employment in the construction industry. 

Further details about SWAPs    

Taster Days: 24 or 25 May 2022 – 9.15am - 4.30pm 

SWAP: Monday – Friday, 6 weeks. Monday 13 June – Friday 22 July 2022.
Approx. 9.45am – 4pm each day, with some off-site visits which may include longer days. 

At: Calverley Old Hall, 10 Woodhall Rd, Calverley, Pudsey LS28 5NL (and some off-site visits during the SWAP) 

Cost: Free of charge. Participants can continue to collect job-seeking benefits and travel costs where applicable and lunch will be provided. 

What will be covered in the SWAP? 

We will cover a broad range of skills including: 

  • Stone masonry
  • Joinery
  • Bricklaying
  • Lime plastering
  • Leaded lights
  • Carpentry
  • Interview skills
  • CV writing
  • Applying for jobs
  • And more

All SWAP participants who attend the full 6 weeks will be given the opportunity to interview for two full time, paid 2-year apprenticeships being hosted by our main contractors for the Calverley Old Hall project. The taught part of the apprenticeship will be at Leeds College of Building. The two apprenticeships are likely to be one in joinery and the other in brickwork.

The Taster Days will include: 

Talks on:

  • An introduction to building conservation
  • The benefits of heritage apprenticeships

Demonstrations and have-a-go:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Lime slaking
  • Joinery
  • Lime plastering
  • Stonemasonry

Person specification 

  • English at Entry Level 2/3
  • Willingness to learn
  • Interest in building and construction skills (No prior experience necessary)
  • Commitment to the full 6 weeks of the course
  • Availability to take up a 2-year paid apprenticeship, if successful, starting in September 2022, supported by Leeds College of Building.

For more information about the Taster Days and Sector-based Work Academy Programme download an information pack.

Calverley Old Hall information pack