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Historic Scotland Stonemason named student of the year

25 June 2010

Andy SlatteryHistoric Scotland apprentice stonemason Andy Slattery has come top of his class – for the third year running.

The 44-year-old from Paisley, who is based at Dumbarton Castle, has been named Student of the Year for Advanced Craft Stonemasonry at Glasgow Metropolitan College.

Andy, who joined Historic Scotland as a labourer five years ago, said he was delighted to receive the award for the third time and said his success was down the support he’s received from his work-mates.

Andy started the apprenticeship scheme when he was 41 after leaving his previous career in the retail industry.  Although it meant a drop in his income and having to go back to college, he has never looked back.

He said: “What I’ve enjoyed the most is the learning process – to be able to take a bit of stone and turn it into something is really satisfying.  The guys on site have been great. There are only five of us here so we’re a really busy team and we have to help each other out where we can.”
Andy will finish his apprenticeship next year and is already looking forward to a long career as a skilled worker with Historic Scotland.

His manager at Dumbarton, David Heggie, said:  “Andy’s achievements in the apprenticeship scheme have made everyone who works with him incredibly proud. He is a real credit to Historic Scotland and to the skilled people we have working here.”

John Halpin, Head of Building Trades at Glasgow Met commented:

“Over the last three years Andy has demonstrated exceptional hand skills and understanding of the stonemasonry trade in general. Andy has been a model student in his time at college and has consistently operated at a very high standard in both practical and theory aspects of the course”.

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.

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