Principal’s Welcome & College Mission

The Building Crafts College has a well-earned reputation as a Centre of Excellence in traditional building crafts and building conservation and it is our mission to offer both craft and technical education at the highest level to all of our students.

Supported by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, the College offers excellent facilities, expert tutors, eminent visiting lecturers and very supportive staff. Our modern purpose-built college, along with our annexes in Stratford and Canning Town, offer an excellent environment for study.

We pride ourselves on a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. We are not too big to care for the individual. Every student is placed under the wing of a nominated course tutor who is responsible for all aspects of that individual’s training and welfare. Of course there are other members of staff who will support him or her in meeting individual needs, but the nominated tutor combines the traditional role of the master craftsperson with that of mentor to advise and guide students at every stage of their development.

The College is essentially practically based. By far the majority of time is spent in the workshop environment and much of the theory and underpinning knowledge is imparted in small groups around the work bench in what we like to call tool box talks. Lecture rooms are of course used for more structured, theoretical instruction and are equipped with modern computer facilities. A library is available as a quiet room for personal study and computers are readily available to all students for course work and the building of portfolios of documentation for assessment purposes.

The College is fully committed to providing equality of opportunity and celebrating difference. We believe all of our students are capable of progressing in their chosen subjects to become a master craftsperson, a construction manager, or a technical expert in their field. When people enrol at the Building Crafts College they become our students and, regardless of their background or prior achievement, we support them in reaching their full potential. Our students can progress from level 1 foundation courses, through level 2 and 3 craft courses, diplomas in Fine Woodwork or Stonemasonry, and our degree course in Building Conservation.

Please browse this website to see the wide range of courses on offer and how we can support those who are interested and committed to reach the highest level of skills and competence in their chosen discipline. You can also see examples of many of our students who have met with success.

Best wishes,

David Dowdles
Principal