Preservation Maryland’s national workforce development program The Campaign for Historic Trades was founded in 2019 in partnership with National Park Service’s (NPS) Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) in Frederick, MD to address a national need that’s been accelerating for the last half century: historic structures need specialized care and attention, and we need the trained hands to accomplish this skilled work. As The Campaign works to ensure quality employment and a quality workforce for the historic trades through efforts like registering apprenticeships with the Department of Labor, developing statewide and national historic trades training opportunities that are accessible to all, and advocate for support of the historic trades training, leadership from The Campaign sat down with Shepherd University’s magazine – both Preservation Maryland’s CEO Nicholas Redding and HPTC’s Moss Rudley’s alma mater – to discuss The Campaign’s work to expand the historic trades workforce.

The two Shepard alumnus whose paths crossed in their respective professional roles are now working together on a national workforce development campaign. CEO of Preservation Maryland Nicholas Redding (’08) and Moss Rudley (’99), Superintendent of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center; together, the organizations oversee The Campaign for Historic Trades, an innovative workforce development initiative to expand and strengthen training and careers in the historic trades.

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