Contractor & Building Professional Training
An important part of the legacy of Elgin CARS is to improve local contractor skills and building professionals’ awareness of the repair and conservation requirements of traditional buildings. Frew Building Conservation Ltd have delivered a bespoke training package, fully funded by Elgin and Keith CARS.
The programme of day courses was designed around the specific needs of buildings in the Moray area. Frew Conservation brought together a multidisciplinary team of experienced and respected craftspeople and consultants to deliver the training.
Frew Conservation also delivered four evening talks/demonstrations for property owners. The talks were informal with plenty of time for discussion and questions. The aim was to get people thinking about the importance of regular maintenance to avoid costly repairs.
Stonemasonry has been identified as having the highest skill deficit within the traditional trades. This is obviously an important concern for Scotland, where stone is the predominant building material. Elgin CARS is working towards countering this shortage by offering two apprenticeships, each lasting four years. The apprentices were recruited by The Moray Council towards the end of 2013 and have been placed with local companies. In addition, they will receive training from Historic Scotland at Elgin Cathedral. In time, they will also be given the opportunity to be involved with the wider Community Engagement Programme of Elgin CARS. By demonstrating their skills to their peers as part of taster sessions for schools and young people, and at open day events held for the general public as part of Doors Open days, they will hopefully encourage the uptake of traditional trades.