Start or Grow a Program

The lack of historic tradespeople in the United States is a decades-old problem with a multitude of causes. The Campaign is working to identify those causes and provide resources and guidance to help overcome them.

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The Campaign is working with stakeholders and partners to develop and publish the following resources that people can utilize in their program. These will become a Program Toolkit that the public can access for step-by-step guidance on starting a historic trades training program.

Until then, these resources are available as we build them out to become national in scale:


Find out what already exists (or doesn’t exist) in your area. See how you can help support expand these efforts or fill in the gaps. Help us build this database by adding to the opportunity calendar and map.


Read and fill out our “So you Want to Start a Trades Program” workbook . Read our informative reports about the national state of preservation training and education , and historic trades labor data.


Explore the trades and professional networks directory to find groups that assist in program development. Help us expand the directory as well. 


Find businesses in historic trades through Preservelist. Partner with these businesses to ensure your program connects to the workforce–providing potential employees, upskilling existing workers, and designing curriculum to reflect job-based needs.


Discover training and education providers to collaborate on programming, curriculum, and other needs. Help us build this directory to be comprehensive and impactful.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, organizations, and philanthropic groups to support The Campaign. Find out how.