Dundee Traditional Building Skills Demonstration

The Fife and Tayside Traditional Building Forum organised the first traditional building skills demonstration in Dundee which took place on 27 & 28 August 2018.



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.

John McKinney

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