THE NATIONAL Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) demonstrated the art of roof slating as part of the traditional building skills demonstration at the Royal Highland Show (20 – 23 June 2019).
Over 560 mini-masterclasses in the trades were delivered throughout the show, including Stonemasonry by the Stone Federation GB.
The event is part of Construction Scotland’s Inspiring Construction programme and built on the successes of the programme across Scotland which aims to promote construction as a career of choice.
The construction industry currently employs 233,600 people, but it’s estimated that 28% of that workforce will need replacing by 2027,
creating at least 21,000 vacancies. Attracting more potential employees to our industry to address this imminent skills gap is one of Construction Scotland’s top priorities.
Ian Hughes, Partnerships Director at CITB Scotland, said: “What better way to encourage young people to consider a career in the traditional skills side of construction than to invite them to give it a go for themselves. I hope the school children felt truly inspired to think of construction as a varied and exciting career choice.”
Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland, added: “These Traditional Building Skills events are part of our Inspiring Construction programme, which aims to attract more school leavers to the sector by informing young people and their parents, teachers and career advisors about the huge and diverse range of careers available in construction, and importantly, how to access them. From professions like architecture, engineering and surveying to the more traditional trades like joinery and stonemasonry, this industry has something to suit everyone.”