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Stirling summer school aims to build up numbers of young people in construction


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Stirling secondary school pupils interested in a career in construction are being urged to sign up for an exciting new 4-day summer school which launches in their historic home town next month.

The Traditional Building Craft Skills summer school, funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), comes to Stirling for the first time this 3-6 July. S4-S6 participants will learn the basics of a range of new craft skills including stonemasonry, decorative painting, traditional joinery and roof slating. On the fourth day, students will put their new knowledge into a fascinating historical context with site visits hosted by Historic Environment Scotland to Stirling Castle, The Engine Shed – Scotland’s state of the art new conservation centre – and Tradstocks natural stone suppliers.

Organised by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum and Historic Environment Scotland, the event aims to encourage more young people aged 16-18 to pursue an apprenticeship or career in heritage craft skills or building surveying.    

John McKinney, from the Scottish Traditional Building Forum, said: “Traditional building skills are crucial to the Scottish construction industry, both in terms of new builds and in maintaining and protecting Scotland’s existing world-famous architecture and engineering. Our buildings play a significant role in telling our country’s story and upholding a captivating legacy - Stirling is a prime example of that. Scotland needs more apprentices with the enthusiasm to learn the skills needed to maintain our beautiful built environment, and who in turn will be rewarded with a challenging and satisfying career.

“We’ve already been impressed by the level of interest in our public workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming students to the summer school in Stirling.

“I would urge any interested teachers and pupils to sign up and secure a place now. I hope that many of them leave feeling inspired to take the next steps towards an exciting new career in construction.” 

The summer school will also offer interactive workshops about traditional buildings, digital surveying and Stirling’s rich city heritage. Some mini lecture sessions will also provide an insight into why some buildings and conservation areas are ‘listed’, along with an introduction to Stirling City Heritage Trust’s ‘Healthcheck’ scheme for buildings.

The Traditional Building Skills summer school will take place at the Stirling campus of Forth Valley College on Monday 3 – Thursday 6 July from 9am-4pm.

Lunch, transportation from the college campus and protective safety equipment will be provided each day. Participants who successfully complete the programme will also be awarded a certificate.

To book a place, visit www.forthvalley.ac.uk/summerschools. The deadline for applications is Friday 16 June, 2017.

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