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Traditional Skills Training

The Trust is committed to supporting projects and initiatives to improve traditional skills.

SCHT supports traditional skills development in the following ways:

  1. Stirling Schools Traditional Skills Demonstration Days

This event, in partnership with the Forth Valley Traditional Building Forum, aims to provide a hands-on taster of traditional skills for secondary school pupils in Stirling. The 2018 event including stonemasonry, slating, joinery and sign-writing will take place on the 4th and 5th October. Pop along to Port Street to see what’s happening.

Traditional construction skills in Stirling town centre, October 2017. Photos by Julie Howden

  1. Contractor upskilling- Courses 2019

In support of upskilling local contractors in appropriate traditional building repair skills, the Trust offers places on two LSTA approved short lead courses at Forth Valley College in Falkirk, and SQA approved lime working courses based at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust.

Stirling City Heritage Trust as pleased to offer the following funded courses to support local business with developing traditional skills in their workforce.

Lead Training 16-18 January and 30 Jan -1 February 2019

Course 1: Leadwork Bossing and Forming 3 days total – Wed 16th, Thurs 17th, Fri 18th January 2019

Including: Front Apron, Chute Outlet, Back Gutter, Internal / External corners, Undercloak to roll and Drip Edge

Course 2: Lead Welding 3 days total – Wed 30th Jan, Thurs 31st & Friday 1st Feb 2019

Including: Butt Weld, Lap Weld, Cover Patch, Fillet Weld, Incline, Lead slate, Front Apron, Back Gutter Saddle.  

We will be looking for applicants with prior work experience associated with lead e.g. roof workers, general maintenance, plumbers or anyone with metalwork skills. Please note that to attend the Leadwork Welding Course you must have completed the Lead Bossing and Forming course first, or have proof that you have done a similar course in the recent past.

Mortar & Masonry Training 18th – 22nd February 2019

This intensive week of training and assessment will combine the courses ‘C1 Making and Using Traditional Mortars’ and ‘C2 Traditional Masonry Repair’ with continual assessment to allow you to gain SQA National Units 1, 2 & 3 in Conservation Masonry within five intensive days.

This week is only suitable for those with previous masonry repair experience and trowel skills (of building, pointing and harling in particular). Those indicating interest will be required to complete an assessment questionnaire from the Scottish Lime Centre prior to confirmation.

If you would like to discuss your eligibility further please contact the SLCT directly on 01383 872 722

The content covered over this 5 day workshop and assessment will include:
1. Understanding of lime technology
2. Creating a repair strategy
3. Design of new mortars for conservation work
4. Harling and renders
5. Preparation of mortars
6. Lime washing
7. Lime pointing for rubble and ashlar
8. Stone indenting
9. Surface repair of stone

This intensive course is only suitable for those with previous masonry repair experience (of building, pointing and harling in particular). Those indicating interest will be required to complete an assessment questionnaire from the SLCT prior to confirmation.

What is the cost to you for each of the courses?

The training is funded but successful applicants will be required to pay a £50 non-refundable reservation fee per course to secure their place. If your application to attend is successful you will be issued with an invoice and details of how to pay.

Possible Additional Grants

You may be able to reclaim £70/day from CITB.  Please refer to the link below.

 Interested? What next….

If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity please download and return the relevant application form. The deadline for application is Monday 10th December 2018 and places are limited. We will assess each application and contact the successful applicants before Christmas. If the courses are over-subscribed, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions, or need the application forms emailed to you, please email or telephone 01786 498462 or Steve on 01786 498463.

Lime Course Application Form 2019

Lead Sheet Course Application Form 2019 Course

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