Fiona Hyslop meets with new Historic Scotland traditional skills apprentices
12 June 2013
The single largest intake of Historic Scotland traditional skills apprentices have
taken up their posts today (12 June)
with 18 new recruits starting their four-year
The new intake includes 15 stonemasons, two electricians and one joiner, all of
whom will take part in an induction programme at Forth Valley College before taking up their posts across
various sites from Shetland to the Borders in the coming weeks.
This follows a call from Historic Scotland earlier this year for a new batch of
recruits to ensure the ongoing demand for traditional and essential skills across the historic environment
To mark the start of their training, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture
and External Affairs visited the college in Stirling today to meet the 18 new apprentices and their
The new additions will bring the total number of apprentices employed by Historic
Scotland in the last five years to 48. By April 2014 Historic Scotland will have around 60 construction
apprentices in training, making it one of the largest trainers of traditional crafts in Scotland and
The trainee positions focus on learning the traditional craft skills required in
their chosen discipline with a focus on conservation. While much of the training will take place on-site
at one of Historic Scotland’s properties in care, there will be time spent in college at various stages
throughout the four-year programme. At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will gain an industry-recognised
Historic Scotland is committed to nurturing traditional skills across the country
to ensure the current and future demand for qualified craftspeople is fulfilled. This commitment helps
deliver the pool of tradespeople required to maintain and conserve some of its 345 properties in care
the length and breadth of the country.
This latest 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 2012 - when a sector-wide approach to driving more interest in traditional skills was discussed.
This renewed effort aims to ensure all areas of the historic environment play their
part in attracting more people into traditional skills to provide the resources required to maintain
the country’s traditional building stock.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “Keeping
traditional skills alive plays a crucial role in the preservation of Scotland’s historic environment
and I am thrilled to see 18 new apprentices starting work in this important field. These trainee positions
will have a focus on conservation and will see vital traditional skills being preserved and nurtured,
as well as offering 18 young people the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications.”
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- 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.