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ConstructionSkills award of £600,000 will promote traditional building skills

25 May 2012

ConstructionSkills, the training council for the UK construction industry, has awarded £600,000 to Historic Scotland to help the agency promote traditional building skills.

The announcement was made as Historic Scotland celebrated Scottish Apprenticeship Week with events showcasing traditional building skills at Edinburgh Castle.

The funding was welcomed by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

She said: “This award of £600,000 from ConstructionSkills will help Historic Scotland support the Scottish Government’s traditional skills strategy, which recognises the importance of these skills in maintaining existing buildings and contributing to sustainable economic growth.

“The historic environment, which includes more than 400,000 traditionally-constructed buildings, is worth more than £2.3 billion to the economy every year. The award will help ensure this asset is maintained and preserved for future generations.”

Historic Scotland is the country’s biggest single employer of traditional building skills apprentices.

ConstructionSkills works in partnership with CITB-Construction Skills, the Industrial Training Board for the construction industry in Scotland, England and Wales. Together, they ensure that sector employers have the right skills, by investing funds and providing a range of industry-led training programmes.

Notes for editors:

  • 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.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                  Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805