Stonemasonry skills in Scotland supported by CITB

A new partnership between CITB and St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop in Edinburgh has been launched to help meet the demand for stonemasonry skills to repair and maintain Scotland’s historic buildings.

Five stonemasonry apprenticeships are the first to benefit from the new scheme, allowing the young people the chance to learn new skills whilst earning a wage

St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop has trained generations of apprentices while continuing its work to restore the stone fabric of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Apprentices attend Edinburgh College during their four-year training, after which they gain an SVQ in Stonemasonry.

Sarah Grotrian, Chair of St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop, said: ‘Our workshop has turned out more than 50 master masons over the last 30 years. With only 400 stonemasons in all of Scotland, this is a significant contribution to the workforce.'

Gordon Lindhurst MSP, said: ‘Stonemasonry skills are urgently required across Scotland and particularly in Edinburgh where the skills will contribute to the maintenance of buildings that are fundamental to Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.’


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