Stirling summer school aims to inspire construction careers

A new summer school in Stirling aims to inspire pupils who are considering a career in the construction industry.

Students attending the Traditional Building Craft Skills school will learn the basics of craft skills including stonemasonry, decorative painting, traditional joinery and roof slating. On the final day, Historic Environment Scotland will host visits to Stirling Castle, The Engine Shed (Scotland’s new conservation centre) and Tradstocks natural stone suppliers.

Pupils in S4-S6 can sign up for the 4-day programme, organised by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum and Historic Environment Scotland. The event is funded by the CITB.

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 event is being held at the Stirling campus of Forth Valley College on from July 3-6.