School leavers learn the tricks of traditional trades

SCHOOL leavers considering a career in one of the more traditional trades such as dry stone walling or thatching have been given the opportunity to find out more through a link-up with Historic Scotland.

A total of 50 students from seven of East Dunbartonshire’s schools attended The Historic Scotland Traditional Skills Roadshows.

Youngsters, project leaders and councillor Eric Gotts visited Forth Valley College in Stirling to take advantage of a one day craft skills taster session.

The project is designed for pupils who leave school at 16 and over to forge a partnership with Historic Scotland to draw on the agency’s expertise in traditional skills and apprenticeships.

They also help early school leavers consider a career in tradition building skills.

The project was created to bridge the gap between early leavers finishing school and entering higher education.

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of education, said: “I am delighted that Historic Scotland is building on the success of last year’s pilot project and offering young people the opportunity to try out skills they may never have experienced otherwise. 
“I hope that the workshops open up school leavers to the prospect of pursuing traditional construction as a career path.”