Scotland News and Events

  • Maybole Traditional Building Skills Demonstration

    by Scotland Region | May 21, 2018

    Maybole Skills Demo (2) Maybole Skills Demo (1)

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), represented by Arch McCorquodale & Son Ltd, recently delivered a traditional Scotch roof slating demonstration as part of a traditional building skills demonstration in Maybole on 18 May.

    School children, and teachers, from Carrick Academy, were able to have a go at roof slating, stonemasonry, signwriting and plaster casting at the traditional building skills demonstration. 

    Homeowners were also able to get expert information on how to repair and maintain their traditionally built homes with representation from several key stakeholders.
    The event was a collaboration between Maybole Regeneration Project, Glasgow City Heritage Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, South Lanarkshire College, the Scottish Contractors Group, the Glasgow School of Art and CITB Scotland.

    Demand for these events is very strong, and NFRC is fortunate to have such a strong network of members who donate their time to deliver them for the benefit of the industry.

  • 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.

    Traditional Building Festival (3) Traditional Building Festival (2)

    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.

  • May Editon of E-cosse Out Now

    by John McKinney | May 17, 2018


    In this month's edition:

    • Chairman's Note 
    • Traditional Building Skills Demonstration
    • Additional funding available for training
    • Scotland Committee Meeting latest

    Ecosse Update May 2018 to download.

  • Latest Editon of E-cosse Newsletter Out Now

    by Laura | Mar 13, 2018

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     Download the latest news round up from NFRC Scotland.

  • 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:

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