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 demonstration of roof slating, stonemasonry (with limestone), painting & decorating and joinery.
Forum activities work on the basis of collaboration with key stakeholders in the area with this event being led by Perth City Heritage Trust.
School pupils (and teachers) from Perthshire came to the city centre and received mini-masterclasses from local apprentices and tradespersons in the trade being demonstrated.
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.