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During 2008-2011, NICS performed assessments of National Heritage Sites in Cuba (in both the Physical and Managerial contexts),in which the problem was analysed, cause identified, relevant data collected, ideas generated and solutions selected in consultation with our Cuban Partners:
1. Problems Analysed: Cuba has rich Built Heritage, most of which are in desperate need of repair with practically no resources for restoration, rehabilitation and conservation. There is also a high number of unemployed youth, especially women;
2. Cause Identified: There is no structured skilled trades training, especially in Finishing Trades, such as plastering, painting, specialty finishing, wood and glass finishing in restoration context; These were identified not only as areas where there is a skills shortage, but as a skills gap;
3. Data Collected: In three years data was collected in skilled trades training deficiencies that included a lack of technical training, certification, and practical experience in construction trades, especially in specialty and decorative finishing;
4. Ideas Generated: Ideas were generated to use existing NICS curriculum and well defined and tested programming in Skilled Trades. This includes a range of programs from 1-day workshops in Specialty Finishing to 40-week full time programs, such as Painter & Decorator Pre-apprenticeship programs, including those targeting women and children from the age of 14;
5. Solutions Selected: The solution selected by NICS along with its Cuban Partners was to implement Finishing Skills Trades training programs.