The Enniskillen Workhouse

Major Heritage Project at Enniskillen Workhouse 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with South West College has been awarded £2,343,000 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 July 2022.

For further information, please contact: Robert Fitzpatrick at Technology & Skills Centre, South West College Tel: 028 8225 0109, Ext: 2594 or e-mail: robert.fitzpatrick@swc.ac.uk

Open House Tours

Get a glimpse inside Enniskillen workhouse before everyone else!

See the quality of heritage skills used in the restoration of the old building; discover more about the many fascinating objects and original architectural features uncovered in Enniskillen workhouse.

The tour will include:
  • A history of the workhouse and experiences of the people who lived there.
  • A description of the restoration work undertaken; a look at the new reminiscence and exhibition display areas and a guide to the new first floor innovation and enterprise workspace.
  • A look at the conservation and biodiversity elements of the restoration. ‘Wild about the workhouse’ will describe the activitieson swifts, bats and other species that live in these buildings.

Dates:​

The tours will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm on:

  • Saturday 12 March 2022
  • Saturday 26 March 2022
  • Saturday 9 April 2022

This two-hour visit is a preview to the official opening in July 2022. It will be restricted to areas deemed appropriate by the contractor.

To reserve a place on this tour email catherine.scott@fermanaghomagh.com or robert.fitzpatrick@swc.ac.uk
 

Level 3 Award in Repair & Maintenance of Traditional Pre-1919 Buildings

Course Overview 
This programme will be delivered at South West College and will provide an introduction and increased awareness of the methods and materials utilised to sympathetically repair and maintain traditional pre-
1919 buildings. The programme will conclude with a progression workshop where participants will find out about additional training and development opportunities which exist, such as the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction).

What You Learn

  • The importance of repairing and maintaining traditional pre-1919 buildings.
  • Understanding legislation and official guidance relating to same
  • Understand the importance of using traditional building methods and materials when carrying out repair and maintenance work
  • Gain an understanding of how to carry out these repairs and maintenance work and how to maintain safe work practices when carrying out his work
  • There will be three separate delivery dates for these courses. Each course will take place over 2 days and will be facilitated by a full-time tutor and supported by a craftsperson demonstration


Entry Requirements
The course is will give opportunity to complete the certificate to increase awareness of methods and materials best suited to the repair and maintenance of pre-1919 building stock. Applications are welcome from those with a background in architecture, surveying,
mainstream trades, construction contractors, manufacturers and suppliers or DIY enthusiasts.

Dates:


14th & 21st January 2022
4th & 11th February 2022
11th & 25th March 2022

Duration
2 Day Course

Apply
To register for this course please email Robert Fitzpatrick, Heritage Skills Co-ordinator
E: robert.fitzpatrick@swc.ac.uk

Course funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Limited to 60 places

 

NVQ Level 3 Heritage Skills Train The Trainer Programm

Course Overview 
South West College in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for provision of the Train the Trainer programme. The successful completion of the programme will see 12 participants awarded an:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills
  • Assessors Award

This programme aims to:

  • Fund high-quality, work-based training opportunities to equip people with the skills and qualifications to pursue a career in heritage.
  • Improve the heritage skills knowledge and understanding of local craftspeople in the approach to, and methods involved in the conservation, repair and maintenance of pre-1919 buildings.
  • Help to improve the provision of traditional building craft skills training within mainstream construction course delivery.
  • Build a network of fully accredited tutors to facilitate heritage apprenticeship training.


The programme aims will be met through a combination of assessment evidence and a focus on practical skills.

The Train the Trainer programme is limited to 12 participant places for:

  • Current heritage crafts people, to gain a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills.Upon completion of the L3 Diploma, participants will complete the Assessors Award, to enable them to deliver training and assessment in the future.
  • Upskilling of competent construction professionals (e.g. an experienced site joiner) to complete a L3 Diploma Heritage Skills, focused on practical skills and experience.


Pathways

The Train the Trainer programme will provide up to 25 hours training and assessment to the craftsperson. Assessors will operate with the craftsperson on a 1:1 basis, conducting meetings, looking for evidence of competence
both in the college and visiting the workplace.
  • Mason - Stonemasonry Heritage Skills
  • Wood Occupations - Heritage Joinery
  • Plastering (Solid) - Lime Plastering
In addition to gaining a professional qualification, the benefits of the NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills include:
  • An assessors award for progression as a qualified trainer / assessor
  • Become Heritage Registered and gain your CSR Gold Card (Craft)
  • Improved employment opportunities
  • Valuable business networking opportunities
  • Gain your new qualification in less than 6 month


Entry Requirements
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


Dates
Programme begins 15th November 2021

Apply
To register for this course please request application form from 
Robert Fitzpatrick, Heritage Skills Co-ordinator
E: robert.fitzpatrick@swc.ac.uk
T: 028 82250109 Ext: 2594 / 07876758579

Closing Date 3rd November 2021
Course funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Limited to 12 places

 

Apprenticeship Opportunity



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

Pathways
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

Benefits

  • A paid training  programme through the Heritage skills programme.  

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

  • Improved employment opportunities

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.  


To Apply
Email Robert Fitzpatrick at Technology & Skills Centre, South West College
E-mail: robert.fitzpatrick@swc.ac.uk
Tel: 02882250109, Ext:2594 

Deadline: 22nd September 2021