The Enniskillen Workhouse

Major Heritage Project at Enniskillen Workhouse 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with South West College has been awarded £2,156,300 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a major heritage project at Enniskillen Workhouse.

The project will see the Workhouse Entrance Block restored with part of the ground floor redeveloped as mixed-use exhibition, reminiscence and display space. Here, some of the surviving workhouse records and minute books will be displayed, and a dedicated heritage trail will be used to tell the story of the workhouse and the people who were housed there. This space will be managed in conjunction with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Fermanagh County Museum, also funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The remaining first floor space, managed by South West College, will be revitalised as a state-of-the-art hub for business innovation and enterprise.

Throughout the restoration works, a dedicated heritage skills and education programme will enable more than 100 local craftspeople and contractors to benefit from accredited training in heritage skills, and 12 apprenticeships will be created.

The project is due for completion in April 2022.

For further information, please contact: Robert Fitzpatrick at Technology & Skills Centre, South West College Tel: 028 8225 0109, Ext: 2594 or e-mail:

Apprenticeship Opportunity

NVQ Level 3 Heritage Skills Opportunities - Enniskillen Workhouse restoration project.
South West College have an excellent opportunity for 12 individuals to achieve an NVQ Level 3 heritage skills (construction) qualification and become heritage registered. You shall also receive a paid placement with an organisation committed to heritage.

The following professional pathways are available to 12 apprentices work-based learning, with support from tutors and assessors at the Technology & Skills centre, Enniskillen:

HSWO 82/20 - Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3 Apprentice. Wood Occupations
HSP 80/20 - Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3 Apprentice. Plastering (Solid) 
HSSM 81/20 - Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3 Apprentice. Stone Masonry

Mason—Stonemasonry heritage skills Wood Occupations—Heritage joinery  Plastering (Solid) - Lime plastering
Traditional Stone Wall Building in Derry

Essential Criteria 

Applicants must meet the following selection criteria: 

  • NVQ Level 2 in a Construction Craft or 

  • Significant construction experience 3-5 years, with appropriate references and an interview to determine suitability


  • A paid training  programme through the Heritage skills programme.  

  • Become Heritage Registered, gain your CSR Gold Card – Craft

  • Improved employment opportunities

Commencing in January 2021 at the Technology and Skills Centre, the NVQ Level 3 will be gained through creating a portfolio of work based evidence.  Each professional craftsperson will be assigned a tutor/assessor for advice and guidance.  

For further information, please contact:

Robert Fitzpatrick at Technology & Skills Centre, South West College
Tel: 02882250109, Ext:2594 or E-mail:

Press Releases:

20th November, 2017
Enniskillen Workhouse Project to Provide Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities 
A major new project to transform the remaining Enniskillen Workhouse building into a business enterprise and heritage hub is one step closer after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded support to the initial* plans.
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