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HISTORIC Scotland is on the hunt for 18 apprentices across the country to ensure the ongoing demand for traditional and essential skills across the historic environment is met.

The agency is seeking 15 apprentice stonemasons, two electricians and one joiner to take up the four-year posts across various sites from Shetland to the Borders.

This latest batch of recruits will bring the total number of apprentices employed by Historic Scotland in the last five years to 48, making it the single biggest recruiter of traditional skills trainees.

But you must be quick, because the closing date for applications for the apprentice places is Friday, February 15.

The trainee positions will focus on learning the traditional craft skills required in their chosen discipline with a focus on conservation.

While much of the training will take place on-site at one of Historic Scotland’s properties in care, there will be time spent in college at various stages throughout the four-year programme.

At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will gain an industry recognised qualification which will see them become experienced crafts people.

Historic Scotland is committed to nurturing traditional skills across the country to ensure the current and future demand for qualified crafts people is fulfilled. This commitment helps deliver the pool of trades people required to maintain and conserve some of its 345 properties in care the length and breadth of the country.

This current recruitment builds on the Stimulating Demand for Traditional Skills Ministerial Summit - hosted by Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs held in November 2012, when a sector-wide approach to driving more interest in traditional skills was discussed.

This renewed effort aims to ensure that all areas of the historic environment play their part in attracting more people into traditional skills to provide the resources required to maintain the country’s traditional building stock.

For further information of the 18 apprentice positions that are available and to find out how to apply for them, you can visit the website at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk