Apprentices get an opportunity to make history

HISTORIC Scotland is searching for 18 apprentices to help meet demand for traditional skills.
The agency wants to recruit 15 apprentice stonemasons, two electricians and a joiner to take up four-year posts on sites from Shetland to the Borders. The intake will bring the number of apprentices employed in the last five years to 48, making the organisation Scotland’s single biggest recruiter of traditional skills trainees.
Apprentices will learn traditional skills with special emphasis on conservation. Much of the training will take place on-site at properties in the agency’s care and the students will also spend time at college.
David Mitchell, director of conservation, said: “These apprenticeships are quite unique in Scotland and we expect many young people to come forward to be considered for the roles.
“They not only offer the successful applicants an opportunity to learn a skilled trade but they open up many doors for future employment.”