The Prince's Regeneration Trust

Trainee Surveying: Filling the Heritage Skills Gap

To provide the opportunity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic minority groups to gain a recognised heritage surveying qualification through a two-year placement with the Trust, and in partnership with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust(CSTT).

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 September 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 September 2012




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




Historic buildings are the UK's future building stock; by 2050, about 70% of the UK's buildings will be made up from those already in existence. However, much current entry-level surveyor training does not offer the heritage skills needed to regenerate historic buildings whilst maintaining their unique character. Furthermore, recent research has identified a lack of diversity amongst trainee surveyors and the heritage sector which could be seen as a barrier to minority groups.


Our initiative will offer unique opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic minority groups to gain heritage surveying competenices at a grass-roots level , widening access to the sector to those without higher level qualifications. By offering a specialist heritage course, this project will also fill the gap in heritage training and create a future workforce with the skills needed to understand and sustain our historic environment.