“According to a 2019 survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, 80 percent of construction firms reported having difficulty in filling craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce. Similarly, a survey by the National Association of Home Builders found 82 percent of respondents expected labor shortages to be their top issue in 2019. This lack of skilled workers is further magnified for the specialized traditional trades often needed for historic preservation projects.”
– Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Policy Statement on Promotion and Value of Traditional Trades Training, Adopted October 19, 2020
The Campaign for Historic Trades is working to finally and comprehensively address this challenge.
As members of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation’s Traditional Trades Training Task Force, the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) and the Campaign have partnered to enact the goals established in this policy statement. The current priority objectives include:
The Campaign for Historic Trades is building out a service corps to place trainees directly in the field. These trainees will learn how to restore iconic historic resources on public lands.
The Campaign for Historic Trades also supports the diverse needs of the HPTC, with a central focus on the Center’s work to train skilled preservation tradespeople through its Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The Campaign expands the program’s scale and geographic footprint.
Preservation Maryland is the HPTC’s official charitable partner. The Campaign seeks statewide and national philanthropic support towards the Center’s programming and mission. Early and generous support has been provided by Tauck Tours, Inc., the Driehaus Foundation and The 1772 Foundation.
There are many ways to get involved in The Campaign for Historic Trades. There are opportunities for potential apprentices, foundations, companies, organizations, and property owners to be a part of the Campaign. As the program develops, we’d love to keep in touch with you. Please sign up for updates about the Campaign and you will be notified by Campaign staff shortly.
Currently, the Campaign for Historic Trades recruits within the eligibility requirements of the Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). The TTAP program is focused on recruiting young adults, ages 18 through 30, and post-9/11 veterans. Cohorts of TTAP apprentices ranging in size from 4 to 12 individuals and are located around the country. Generally, apprentices are placed in National Park units with significant preservation projects underway. TTAP apprentices are led by trained Park Service tradespeople and are provided several industry-accepted certifications during their six-month training.
If you have a National Park unit in your region, you may be able to participate. Local and statewide preservation partners can help support this effort by working in partnership with Campaign for Historic Trades staff to identify potential park units, help to identify feeder organizations/programs for recruiting apprentices locally, help to identify private sector contractors in your region where apprentices could be placed at the end of their training, and identify potential funders to help expand the program in your region.
No. The Campaign for Historic Trades primarily needs your connections to help with recruitment and placement. However, there is a need to develop further sources of funds to expand this program and train more apprentices and introducing Campaign staff to potential funders will help to grow the program. This does not mean handing over funders – in fact – funds could flow via the partner group and allow the local/statewide organization to establish itself as a workforce development organization. The Campaign is intentionally designed to be flexible and collegial with nonprofit partners. We are a nonprofit and understand your position.
The Campaign for Historic Trades is currently working with the National Park Service to identify project sites for 2020. If you are interested in participating, begin by collecting the following answers to the following questions before contacting Preservation Maryland:
Once you have answers to these questions, send an email summarizing your interest and answers. Submit that email to email@example.com with the subject line Historic Trades Project and the Campaign will be in touch with you shortly.
Preservation Maryland and our program, The Campaign for Historic Trades, are hosting cemetery preservation workshops across the state, where participants learn the basic preservation techniques of caring for a cemetery. The first workshop will take place this Saturday, April 30th in Frederick at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The workshop will be led by Jon Appell of Atlas Preservation and Moss Rudley of the Historic Preservation Training Center.
Today is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day. Created as a way to celebrate diversity and cultural heritage around the world, Preservation Maryland and our program The Campaign for Historic Trades are celebrating the value of history in our lives and our work to preserve and protect sites across the country.
President & CEO Nicholas Redding testified this week, in front of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee, in support of legislation, SB228, to make improvements to the Maryland Corps program, including the creation of a state Historic Trades Corps.
Preservation Maryland powers The Campaign for Historic Trades, creating hands-on opportunities for individuals looking to explore, build, or expand historic trades careers through a partnership with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center, and the organization therefore enthusiastically supports the creation of a state initiative modeled after the successful federal program.
The Campaign for Historic Trades, powered by Preservation Maryland, is striving to demonstrate the need for – and the value of – workers with specific knowledge, training, and experience in historic preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation.
The Campaign for Historic Trades, powered by Preservation Maryland, is working to address the systemic barriers to historic trades training to grow the trades workforce. The Campaign’s Program Manager Natalie Henshaw has a letter in Monday’s Washington Post entitled “Supporting the Trades” about education and apprenticeship accessibility.
In 2021 Preservation Maryland celebrated our 90th anniversary and tackled some of our largest initiatives yet, working to preserve the state’s unique and irreplaceable heritage while concurrently creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. Through strategic programming we have used the best of our past to solve some of today’s biggest issues, including climate change, affordable housing, and workforce development. Read on for programming highlights – and some of our biggest victories – in 2021.
Preservation Maryland and The Campaign for Historic Trades seek applicants for the Cemetery Preservation Workshop Coordinator position.
Cemetery Preservation Workshop Coordinator
This Giving Tuesday Preservation Maryland is excited to announce a new program coming Spring 2022. With your help, we will also be able to provide young adults with the supplies needed for historic cemetery preservation.
For 100 years, Arlington National Cemetery’s staff have worked to maintain and preserve the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, ensuring that future generations can pay their respects to the nameless – but not forgotten – soldiers who fought for freedom. In anticipation of the Centennial Observance of the burial of the Unknown Soldier today – Veterans Day, November 11, 2021 – we are sharing a look at the preservation work that has been ongoing since 2016.
President & CEO Nicholas Redding testified today, in front of the federal subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (NPFPL), in support of H.R. 4494 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire land in Frederick County for the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) of the National Park Service.