Apprenticeships in traditional skills will open doors for jobs

SUCCESS comes from skills, and Historic Scotland are committing to ensure traditional ones don’t die out.

The agency is searching for 18 apprentices across the country to keep demand for heritage craft skills across the historic environment is met.

A total of 15 apprentice stonemasons, two electricians, and one joiner are in demand to take up four-year posts across sites from Shetland to the Borders, adding to the 30 apprentices employed by Historic Scotland in the last five years.

For the successful applicants much of the training will take place on-site at one of Historic Scotland’s 345 properties in care, however there will be time spent in college at various stages throughout the programme.

At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will gain an industry recognised qualification which will see them becomes experienced crafts people.

This current recruitment builds on the Stimulating Demand for Traditional Skills Ministerial Summit - hosted by Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, in November – when a sector-wide approach to driving more interest in traditional skills was discussed.

David Mitchell, Historic Scotland’s Director of Conservation, said the apprenticeships will open up many doors for future employment.

“These apprenticeships are quite unique in Scotland and we expect many young people to come forward to be considered for the roles,” he said.

For further information of the 18 apprentice positions and to find out how to apply, please visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is February 15.