The NFRC was a primary partner in a recent Scottish Parliamentary Reception held in the Garden Lobby on 21st November 2017.
The event was organised to raise the profile of traditional building skills demonstrations that the NFRC was actively involved in during the year and to highlight the importance of vocational training in schools.
The reception, sponsored by Gordon Lindhurst MSP for Lothian who has also been an active supporter of traditional building skills events. Taking the time to chat with the apprentices undertaking the demonstrations and with the school children who had a go at trying these skills out. Gordon has also turned his hand to the traditional roofing skills after a mini-masterclass from the apprentices at the event, as well as visiting an NFRC member on site working within his constituency.
Gordon highlighted the importance of repairing and maintaining Scotland’s rich built heritage and ensuring that we have a skilled workforce to do so. The economic and social significance and the need for protecting it for future generations to enjoy.
Ray O’Neill, Head Teacher of St Modan’s High School in Stirling, said, "That members of the school had attended the traditional building skills demonstration in Stirling and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They now have a far better understanding of the potential construction career options open to them, and several have expressed interest in pursuing construction as a career of choice. St Modan’s High School would be piloting a course called “Roofing in the Classroom” before the end of the year.
MSPs were given the opportunity to meet and discuss the experiences of the school children at the traditional building skills demonstrations and see some of the work they did at the events. The school children were also given the opportunity to tour the Debating Chamber which was well received by them all.