CAREERS in roof slating will be showcased to students across Scotland at this years Royal Highland Show on 20 – 23 June 2019.
The traditional building skills demonstration 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.
According to Construction Scotland, 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. Addressing the current skills gap through the traditional building skills event is something that Construction Scotland believes to be of top priority.
Ian Hughes, Partnerships Director at CITB Scotland commented: “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. With the Scottish Parliament as the backdrop to this event, I hope the school children feel truly inspired to think of construction as a varied and exciting career choice.”
During the days, students will also be able to try their hands at stonemasonry, overlooked by industry experts from the Stone Federation GB.
Ken Gillespie, Chair of Construction Scotland said: “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.”