European Heritage Volunteers regularly organises training courses in traditional handcraft techniques. These training courses aim to both skilled young craftsmen as well as to interested amateurs which without formal education, but with practical experience in handicraft.
The courses focus on traditional carpentry, traditional masonry, traditional clay techniques and others and provide knowledge in techniques which had been essential in the traditional practise of these handicrafts, but which came out of use during the last decades, mostly because they are – in comparison with nowadays used approaches – significant more time-consuming and therefore understood as “not effective ones”.
European Heritage Volunteers aims to conserve and to distribute this knowledge by training courses which are led or by experienced older craftsmen with own long-year experience in the field or by younger craftsmen with additional education in traditional techniques, certificated with the title “Restorer in Handicraft” and which are taking place on-site at endangered heritage sites, contributing to their conservation, restoration and revitalisation.
Furthermore, European Heritage Volunteers supports the conceptual development and realisation of similar courses that are then carried out by its partner organisations in other European countries.