Traditional Building Skills featured at Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2016

Traditional building skills were showcased at Briggait in Glasgow as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week on 29 February 2016.


School children from schools across Glasgow came along and were given the opportunity to try their hands at stonemasonry, joinery, roof slating, roof leadwork, stain glass making  & painting and decorating.


The event was run by Glasgow Traditional Building Forum and was especially designed to encourage young people into thinking about a career in traditional building skills, as well as raising awareness of the skills that are so important in maintaining our historic environment.


The event was a huge suggested and was featured on the Historic Environment Scotland Newsletter and its website site at:


Advisers were on hand to explain the opportunities that are available and how to access apprenticeships locally.


Carol Monaghan MP for Glasgow North West kindly came to the event and saw the apprentices in action as well as the school children being given the chance for mini-masterclasses. Ms Monaghan then donned the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and duly tried her hand at the trades being demonstrated and spent a considerable amount of time talking to the apprentices about their experiences in construction.


There was also free advice on how using traditional methods and materials could enhance your homes.


Roof slating


John McKinney

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