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Edinburgh World Heritage/Learning/Training & Apprenticeships

Learning a trade

Maintaining and developing traditional skills such as masonry is crucially important for the upkeep of historic buildings. Traditional buildings account for around 20% of Scotland’s housing stock. It was recently estimated that 75% of these are in need of repair, and yet there are currently only around 500 masons in Scotland. Stonemasonry is just one of the many traditional crafts that are vital to the preservation of these buildings. A number of training courses and apprenticeships are available, offering hands-on experience and a potentially rewarding career.

Edinburgh World Heritage projects help to keep traditional skills alive, supporting employment in the construction sector and sustaining Edinburgh’s built heritage.

Young hands for old skills

There are a range of training courses and apprenticeships available. These include:

  • A range of SVQs (SCQF levels 5 and 6) in construction crafts are offered across Scotland. Click here for more details.
  • Edinburgh College, Granton Campus offer a range of course. Click here for more information.
  • Edinburgh College of Art, Architectural Conservation MSC. Click here for more information.
  • Historic Environment Scotland offer training and apprenticeships. Click here for more information

Learn more about the experience of a young apprentice stone mason here.