Bridge to Crafts Careers Preservation Training Program
Woodlawn’s Preservation Training Program offers career and workforce development for students in our community. In partnership with the International Masonry Institute and World Monuments Fund, the program trains young people to take care of historic structures and transitions them into the work force. For ten weeks, Interns selected for the Preservation Training Program will learn how to care for monuments and buildings made of marble, granite and limestone. The mission of the program is to prepare participants for entry level positions in the masonry trade.
Through classroom and hands on sessions, Interns will learn the following: Safety Practices, Material Identification, Use and types of Cleaning Products, Scrubbing and Power Washing, Removal and Replacement of Mortar, Resume Development, Interviewing Skills, Financial management, OSHA training, One on one Counseling, Job Placement Assistance, Application of Caulking, and More.
Held each spring on the grounds of The Woodlawn Cemetery, the Preservation Training Program employs an enthusiastic group of high school graduates ages 18-24 under the supervision of a Resident Craftsman and Architectural Conservator. A goal of the Preservation Training Program is to assist participants in applying for jobs and to help them to meet the challenges that face young people when they work to sustain a career.
The Door, a youth development agency with wrap-around services, assists Interns with resume preparation, job interviews and placement and offers counseling services to help with issues such as housing, child care and financial management.