This is not a training manual or system, training
cam be done 'on the job', in a technical college, in a workshop, or a
combination of all three. Trainees might be working with a skilled
team, or with a parent, may be self taught or transferring skills from
other building practice. The point of the PIRATE project is to assess
workers however they were trained to ensure their understanding is at
the same level as others in the same field.
The project has already brought an amazing amount of
understanding about the different conditions in a number of different
countries, those with 'living' traditions, those having to re-invent
traditions or start from scratch. Each situation may bring different
understanding and approach which helps the others. Networking between
national organisations also brings co-operation which helps them all.
The three year project began in 2012 and ends in 2015,
by which time the outputs will begin to be disseminated. Over time we
should see trained workers, a new breed, coming into the field with
different understanding and expectations than the generation which
came before. this means both risks and opportunities to be faced and
understood, but a group of people better placed to do so.
EBUKI have been in discussion with the
Construction Industry Training Board to change the National
Occupational Standard (NOS) to bring it in line with the PIRATE project
Units of Learning Outcomes. The current NOS is in the Heritage Skills
suite of standards and stays there but now allows new build as well as
conservation skills. Not only that but the language of PIRATE, clay,
rammed earth, cob and masonry have been brought in to facilitate
changes in the yet to be defined National Vocational Qualification,
watch this space...
The first test assessment has been run in France, see
image above, and the second in Germany is imminent, so earth
structures will have a structure of testing and assessment recognised
by a wide group of organisations across 17 countries as others join
the European MoU for earth training.