HPR Training

We currently have vacancies throughout the business for time served stonemasons and heritage skilled operatives. We are also looking to recruit additional stonemasonry apprentices to join the company in 2021 (Although our apprentice programme is currently suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic and whilst we await the re-certification of the College course). If you are an experienced general operative looking for the opportunity to progress to more rewarding heritage skilled work via training and upskilling, then we would like to hear from you.

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 organisation in the North of England providing training for stonemasonry and heritage conservation skills. We take pride in boasting a highly trained workforce of craftsmen and continue to invest in our people and their future.

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 NVQs in heritage skills via on-site assessment.


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 of 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 qualified to inspect standing scaffolding and undertake many other training courses to ensure their continual development. Our senior management team hold the NEBOSH heath and safety qualification.

Heritage Building Skills Bursary Scheme

At HPR, we have helped pilot the Heritage Building Skills Bursary Scheme. This consists of a 1 year placement for people with existing craft skills, to allow them access 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 manage temporary works and complete risk assessments. Our team consists of Cintec Anchor installers; staff trained to sympathetically clean buildings using the micro air technique, JOS Torc and inert chemical cleaning methods; appointed persons for cranes to manage and supervise crane lifts; supervisors appraised of the new CDM regulations and 12 trained first aiders. Our Site Managers all hold NVQ Level 6 Site Management qualifications including the heritage module.

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. This enables our rigorous standards to be maintained and further enhanced as we work to ensure the preservation of our highly professional, skilled and valued workforce.

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.