Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has tried his hand at various traditional building skills at an event designed to boost the profile of the industry.
There are well over 100 different trades involved in the construction industry and the Traditional Scottish Building Skills Forum works to raise awareness about protecting the nation’s built heritage.
During the session outside Holyrood, MSPs had the opportunity to try their hand at four different trades, painting and decorating, joinery, roofing and stone masonry
In addition to these trades there was also an opportunity to test out a new virtual reality training simulation that is used to train college students.
The event also hosted school pupils from across the country and provided taster sessions for students thinking about post-school career opportunities.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“This type of event is a great opportunity for young people to find out more about potential career opportunities in the building trades.
“Apprenticeships in stone-masonry, roof slating, painting and decorating and plastering can provide great opportunities for employment.
“We need to make sure that we have a workforce trained in traditional building skills to maintain and repair the historic buildings that are a crucial part of this country’s heritage.
“You only have to look around Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire to see a number of beautiful historic buildings. All of these properties need to be protected and maintained and that work requires skilled tradespersons.”