£6.2m apprenticeship scheme geared toward saving Scotland’s historic buildings

The way forward for Scotland’s historic buildings is hoped to be preserved by the launch of a brand new £6.2m partnership geared toward coaching apprentices. 

The Nationwide Belief have joined forces with the Hamish Ogston Basis to provide younger individuals key heritage abilities. 

It comes because the business faces an ageing workforce and a scarcity of coaching alternatives, which have prompted a pointy decline within the sector.

Often called the Heritage Crafts Apprenticeship Programme, the scheme has been award to the Nationwide Belief by the funds of the Hamish Ogston Basis. 

52 apprenticeships shall be supplied throughout the nation.

52 Apprenticeships shall be on provide, throughout the fields of stonemasonry, carpentry and joinery, leading to both a Degree 2 or Degree 3 qualification.

The brand new companions have additionally dedicated to making sure people profit from a one-year post-apprentice work placement, designed by the Nationwide Belief. 

Robert Bargery, Challenge Director for Heritage on the Hamish Ogston Basis stated: “Historic buildings are amongst Britain’s biggest belongings and a few of the best are within the care of the Nationwide Belief. 

“This can be a likelihood for motivated younger individuals to depart their mark on them, actually, and assist make sure that these priceless artistic endeavors and structure are handed to future generations in the absolute best situation.

“That is a part of a £25m funding the Hamish Ogston Basis is making in heritage abilities coaching and we’re proud to be taking the lead in delivering one other venture of actual worth to the nation within the Platinum Jubilee 12 months.”

The Hamish Ogston Basis, created by the entrepreneur and philanthropist of the identical identify, spends its time specializing in heritage, well being and music. 

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Their newest initiatives will see apprentices educated at numerous Nationwide Belief websites throughout the nation, together with Attingham Park, Fountains Abbey and Saltram. 

Hilary McGrady, Director-Basic on the Nationwide Belief stated: “Every of the extraordinary buildings and landmarks we glance after is testomony to 1000’s of hours of craft abilities, and the care and dedication of generations previous. Holding these abilities alive is key to passing on our heritage for everybody to get pleasure from. 

“We’re immensely grateful to the Hamish Ogston Basis for this very beneficiant assist. It is going to allow apprentices throughout the nation to get fingers on with heritage, incomes as they be taught and gaining a nationally recognised qualification that can assist them play a component in securing the way forward for our nations’ heritage.” 

Figures printed by Abilities Improvement Scotland final month discovered that development and associated practices had essentially the most new apprentices over the previous 12 months. 

Over 6500 younger individuals entered the sector over 2021/22, whereas sport, well being and social care ranked second with over 5700 new begins.