Free Falkirk event offers insight into traditional building skills

apprenticesTraditional building skills have once again been selected to be showcased in Falkirk’s historic town centre next week as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

As with last year’s event, a free drop in event will be running at Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Churchyard off Falkirk High Street on Friday 22 May between 9am and 4pm where visitors will be able to meet the apprentices and enjoy demonstrations in stonemasonry, joinery, roofing & painting and decorating.

The event is being run by Falkirk Council, Historic Scotland and Forth Valley College and is especially designed to encourage young people into thinking about a career in traditional building skills, as well as raising awareness of the skills that are so important in maintaining our historic environment.

Advisers will be on hand to explain the opportunities that are available and how to access apprenticeships locally.

There will also be free advice on how using traditional methods and materials could enhance your own property and giveaways with information on the funding support that is available through Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Councillor Dennis Goldie, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for economic development, said: “It is great news that event partners have again selected Falkirk town centre to promote national Scottish Apprenticeship Week. We will be using traditional skills and materials to enhance many aspects of our historic town centre through Falkirk THI and the results will surely speak for themselves.

“We would actively encourage householders to consider using traditional methods and materials more giving more employment opportunities for our young people at the same time.”

John McKinney from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Scotland, said: “Falkirk has a fantastic historical town centre and it is great to see its past being promoted and preserved through the Falkirk THI using these traditional skills.

“For example, our lead roofing apprenticeship delivered at the Falkirk Campus of Forth Valley College is a first for Scotland.

“Skills like these can be lost but thankfully the support shown by agencies such as Historic Scotland, Falkirk Council, and Forth Valley College means that they can be passed down the generations and we will be in a far better place to protect our heritage environment in the future.”

Local secondary schools are also visiting the project, with young people being given some hands on experience to try for themselves the skills needed.

The work is part of the wider £5m Falkirk THI regeneration project that aims to protect and preserve the many historical features of Falkirk’s town centre.

You can find out more at their website.

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