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    by Laura | Mar 13, 2018

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  • Historic Environment Skills Investment Plan: Employers Survey

    by Skills Development Scotland / Historic Environment Scotland | Mar 13, 2018

    Skills has been identified as a key priority for the Historic Environment sector in Scotland.  The sector covers a number of broad market areas spanning historic and listed buildings and sites, the built environment, conservation areas, gardens/designed landscapes, historic landscapes, etc. 

    It also encompasses a large range of professions, occupations, casual and volunteering roles that cross over a number of sectors, including Construction, Creative Industries, Professional Services, and Tourism.  In addition, it is recognised that some employers’ involvement in the Historic Environment sector will represent a small proportion of their business activity. 

    Skills Development Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland has appointed EKOS to develop a Historic Environment Skills Strategy and Action Plan which sets out the main skills issues for the sector and solutions for how these can be best addressed.

    As part of the research, we are keen to hear from employers on the skills challenges facing the sector, and the main skills gaps - traditional/specialist skills, professional skills (e.g.  archivists and curators, archaeology, surveying, architects), and supporting skills (e.g. leadership and management, digital).  We are also interested in finding out more about the kinds of actions and responses which will be required to address challenges around workforce development and up-skilling. 

    We are interested to receive feedback from companies and organisations spanning the whole spectrum of involvement in the Historic Environment sector, from those involved only some of the time to those whose business activity is entirely based within the sector. 

    You can access the survey by clicking here: Historic Environment SIP - Employers Survey

    The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  The deadline for responses is Friday 30th March 2018.

    Please note all information is held in confidence and no comments will be attributable to any individual, with EKOS reporting back to SDS/HES in aggregate format.  Should you have any questions please contact Nicola Graham, EKOS on 0141 353 1994 or by email:

  • Building Craft Programme - Advancing Traditional Craftsmanship

    by Prince's Foundation | Jan 08, 2018

    Building Craft Programme 


    The Prince's Foundation Building Craft programme helps craftspeople develop their skills and understand how they fit into to broader planning, design and building contexts. Among other things, the course provides:

    • An eight-month programme of courses and work placements.
    • Practical experience in sustainable building crafts with the opportunity to use skills in a broad, holistic building context alongside other building professionals.
    • Opportunity to gain a Heritage Skills NVQ 3.

    The course is full-time and participants are provided with a bursary of £1,000 per month for the duration of the course.

    Please visit our website or contact Lauren Banks on 020 7613 8582 or via email on

    Closing date for applications: Friday 23rd February 2018

  • Traditional Skills Demostration at Bell Baxter High School

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 14, 2017

    Bell Baxter High School (4) 

    The NFRC was involved in the Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum collaboration with Bell Baxter High School, Cupar to deliver a traditional building skill demonstration in the school on 7 December 2017.

    Building on the success of the traditional building skills events held throughout the year, the forum and Bell Baxter High School brought a similar event to a school for the first time.
    School children and teachers were able to have a go at the traditional building skills being demonstrated by local tradespersons with Braisby Roofing, representing the NFRC, giving the school pupils the chance to dress and fix slates.
    They were also given the opportunity to dress a slate into the shape of a coaster and take away.
    The event was organised to raise the profile of the career available in the traditional building sector.
    The event was attended by Stephen Gethins MP, as well as several local councillors. The elected members kindly came down to talk with those giving the demonstrations and try their hand at the trades.

  • Roofing in the Classroom

    by NFRC Scotland | Dec 11, 2017

    Instructions 1 

    The first Roofing in the Classroom course was delivered at St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk on 8 December 2017.
    The course developed by Rooftec (Scotland) Ltd of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors in conjunction with Dale Lyon (who developed Concrete in the Classroom) and Historic Environment Scotland.
    The course was broken down into five sections covering:

    • A general overview of roofing and the various types of roofs & roofing materials used. To highlight the difference between manufactured and natural products, with an end focus on slate,
    • Understanding of how natural slate occurs and varies from quarry to quarry, country to country. Gain the ability to hand cut slate and make a shaped coaster to take away,
    • Understand the importance of and responsibility towards health and safety with a focus on working at heights,
    • Understand how slates are fixed to a roof structure to ensure the building will remain watertight. How correct slate overlap is essential to a well-performing roof and how this differentiates depending on the roof pitch- measured in degrees. Gain the ability to use a measuring tape. End lesson with a slate roof design having been created to carry forward to next, and
    • Follow lesson four drawing plan to create a completed slate roof jig emulating a real-life scenario of concept to creation through the use of measuring tapes and methodical thinking.

     Work in Progress 4

    Funding was received from Historic Environment Scotland to pilot this course in five secondary schools in the Forth Valley area. At the end of the pilot, there will be a review of the course content and feedback from the school pupils and teachers to determine how to take this forward.
    Several other trades are also being considered, as we look to deliver traditional buildings skills in schools.
    This course builds on the traditional building skills demonstrations delivered by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.


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