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Traditional Skills in Glasgow

by John McKinney | May 17, 2018

Traditional Building Festival (1)

NFRC joined forces with a wide range of stakeholders to organised a traditional building skill demonstration outside The Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 30th April and 1st May.

School children, and teachers from nine schools in the Glasgow areas could have a go at the traditional building skills being demonstrated by local apprentices from West Scotland College and City of Glasgow College. The NFRC would like to thank D M Roofing and Roughcasting for once again supplying an apprentice for the roof slating demonstration. 

The event was organised to raise the profile of the career available in traditional building sector.

The event was also visited by Sandra White MSP who has been a great supporter of these events in Glasgow. Sandra once again received mini-master classes from the apprentices and has started showing some potential.

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Sandra has kindly submitted a Parliamentary Motion recognising efforts of all those involved in organising the event:

Motion S5M-12045: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party,

Date Lodged: 02/05/2018

Sauchiehall Street Host to Traditional Building Skills 

That the Parliament welcomes the Traditional Building Skills event, which was held on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 30 April and 1 May 2018, and which featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery, roof leadwork and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration organised through the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum and included the Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the West Scotland College, the City of Glasgow College, the Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Contractors Group, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, the Glasgow School of Art, The Willow Tea Rooms and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow pupils from nine Glasgow schools across the city to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices to provide a platform to promote the construction industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer as well as to highlight the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector; further notes that it was also open to members of the public to seek advice, and welcomes the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future. 

Demand for these events is very strong and we are very fortunate to have so many members who donate their time to organise and deliver them for the benefit of the industry.


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