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  • Perth Traditional Building Skills Demostration

    by NFRC Scotland | Oct 05, 2018

    Perth Traditional Building (2) Perth Traditional Building - Murdo Fraser

    The Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum organised the third traditional building skills demonstration in Perth city centre which took place on 24 & 25 September 2018 with the NFRC arranging for the roof slating demonstration.

    Forum activities work on the basis of collaboration with key stakeholders in the area and the NFRC provides the required insight and guidance on roofing matters. 

    School pupils from Perthshire came to the city centre and received mini-masterclasses from local apprentices and tradespersons in stonemasonry, roof slating, joinery and painting & decorating.

    Perth Traditional BuildingPerth Traditional Building - Pete Wishart

    The event was also attended by Pete Wishart MP and Murdo Fraser MSP, both of whom have been long-term supporters of this event in Perth. Murdo also kindly attended, and participated, at the event earlier in the month which took place outside the Scottish Parliament. 

    These events are part of the larger Inspiring Construction programme, which aims to attract more school leavers to the sector by informing young people and their parents, teachers and career advisors about the huge and diverse range of careers available in construction, and importantly, how to access them. From professions like architecture, engineering and surveying to the more traditional trades like joinery and stonemasonry, this industry has something to suit everyone. 

    Inspiring Construction works in the principle that there needs to be sufficient, and skilled, workforce across the whole supply chain to ensure the construction industry is effective and efficient. These traditional building skills events play a key role in raising the profile of construction as a career of choice to the next generation.

  • School pupils learn traditional building skills at Scottish Parliament event

    by NFRC Scotland | Oct 04, 2018

    Scottish Pupils learn traditional skills 

    School pupils learn traditional building skills at Scottish Parliament event

    Secondary pupils from schools in Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Musselburgh took part in a two-day traditional building skills event held at the Scottish Parliament 11-12 September.

    The hands-on practical workshops provided 13 to 15 year olds with the chance to discover more about traditional skills apprenticeships, and allowed them to have a go for themselves. 

    They tried their hand at stonemasonry, roof slating, joinery and painting and decorating, expertly assisted by current Modern Apprentices in these trades.  The NFRC was a key stakeholder in this event to promote roof slating.   

    The event was sponsored by Gordon Lindhurst MSP for Lothian. He said: “Traditional building skills demonstrations are hugely valuable in raising the profile of the vital skills needed to maintain our unique built heritage.  

    “Having attended workshops elsewhere, I am delighted to welcome the Scottish Traditional Building Forum and the Construction Industry Training Board to the Scottish Parliament, alongside the apprentices who can show off their skills.  

    “I hope that by raising the profile of these traditional building skills in this way we can secure the long term future of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site and Scotland’s built environment more generally.” 

    The event was organised by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum as part of Construction Scotland’s, Inspiring Construction programme. It was supported by a range of partners including CITB, City of Glasgow College, West College Scotland, Dundee and Angus College, Edinburgh College and Developing the Young Workforce.

    Ian Hughes, Partnerships Director at CITB Scotland, said: “What better way to encourage young people to consider a career in the traditional skills side of construction than to invite them to give it a go for themselves. With the Scottish Parliament as the backdrop to this event, I hope the school children feel truly inspired to think of construction as a varied and exciting career choice.”

    Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland said: “The construction industry currently employs 233,600 people, but it’s estimated that 28% of that workforce will need replacing by 2027, creating at least 21,000 vacancies. Attracting more potential employees to our industry to address this imminent skills gap is one of Construction Scotland’s top priorities.

    “These Traditional Building Skills events are part of our Inspiring Construction programme, which aims to attract more school leavers to the sector by informing young people and their parents, teachers and career advisors about the huge and diverse range of careers available in construction, and importantly, how to access them. From professions like architecture, engineering and surveying to the more traditional trades like joinery and stonemasonry, this industry has something to suit everyone." 

  • Dundeed Traditional Building Skills Demonstration

    by NFRC Scotland | Oct 03, 2018

    Dundee Traditional Building Skills (1) 

    The Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum organised the first traditional building skills demonstration in Dundee which took place on 27 & 28 August 2018 with the NFRC arranging for the roof slating demonstration which was delivered by Forster Roofing Services. 

    School pupils from Dundee and Angus came to City Square in the heart of Dundee and received mini-masterclasses from local apprentices in stonemasonry, roof slating, joinery and painting & decorating.

    The forum is fortunate that so many in the area donated their time and expertise in organising and delivering the event to give local school pupils the chance to try these skills and help them make informed decisions about their future career options. 

    Bill Bowman MSP kindly came along to the event and discussed the careers of the apprentices and tradespersons delivering the skills demonstrations and took the opportunity to have mini-masterclasses himself.    

    Bill kindly submitted a parliamentary motion supporting the event and recognising those who donated their time. 

    Motion S5M-13706: Bill Bowman, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/09/2018

    Traditional Building Skills Event

    That the Parliament welcomes the Traditional Building Skills event held on City Square, Dundee, on 27-28 August 2018, which featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration organised through the Fife & Tayside Traditional Building Forum and included the Dundee Historic Environment Trust, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Dundee & Angus College, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Contractors Group, Dundee City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus and CITB Scotland; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow pupils from Dundee and Angus schools to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices and tradespersons 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.


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