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Historic Scotland and Glasgow Met strengthen partnership

7 December 2007

Traditional Skills training has received a boost from Glasgow Metropolitan College and Historic Scotland with the appointment of a new Teaching Fellow.

The appointment will ensure that students have the opportunity to learn about traditional building skills and how to maintain existing buildings as well as new-build technology.

Recent Historic Scotland research has shown that work to existing buildings accounts for more than £3.1 billion a year – around half of the £6.7 billion spent annually on construction as a whole.

Historic Scotland Head of Division Conservation, Research and Resources David Mitchell said: “Scotland is rich in it’s diverse built heritage, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that we often lack the appropriate skills and materials to properly care for them. This partnership will mean that we shall continue to encourage skills development to enable us to deal with the increasing maintenance burden of our built heritage. It acknowledges that very often, different skillsets are required for new and traditional construction.”

The four year agreement represents an investment of £250,000 by both partners in traditional building skills and will combine academic and vocational expertise.

One of the responsibilities of the teaching fellow will be to identify areas for improvement in relation to conservation, repair and maintenance, looking at the possible introduction of a formal ‘Centre for Traditional Building’ within Glasgow Metropolitan College.

Teaching aims will include participation in craft skills development, the incorporation of traditional building skills into existing qualifications and, where necessary, developing appropriate qualifications and national standards.

Glasgow Metropolitan College is unique in Scotland in that it provides both SVQ craft skills courses and HND Architectural Conservation. The college has a long standing reputation within the construction field and is also the lead partner with Historic Scotland in the Learn Direct and Build initiative based at the college - an award-winning collaborative venture which brings innovative, imaginative and flexible learning programmes to those engaged in training for the built environment in Scotland.

Tom Wilson notes: “Our continuing relationship with Historic Scotland is taken a step further in signing this agreement. We both have a significant role to play in the repair and maintenance of our traditionally built environment and we are pleased to partner in this way.”

The commitment of both Glasgow Metropolitan College and Historic Scotland to traditional building and building conservation will ensure the nation’s historic buildings and environments are maintained for future generations and the skills needs required for undertaking such projects are readily available to the highest standards.  

Notes to Editors

  • Glasgow Metropolitan College, created from the merger of Glasgow College of Building and Printing and Glasgow College of Food Technology, was officially launched on 7th February 2005

  • The college is a leading provider of high quality education in the food, hospitality, tourism, construction and creative industries offering full time and part time certificated and non-certificated courses.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information vsit Technical Conservation Research and Education comprises two operational divisions:
    • The Historic Scotland Conservation Centre (HSCC) dealing with applied conservation in stone, paint and science.
    • The Historic Scotland Conservation Bureau dealing with matters relating to skills, materials, technical information and promoting best practice.

  • For more information on Learn Direct and Build visit

  • For more information on the Historic Scotland Teaching Fellowship in Traditional Building and a job description please visit

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873