Grangemouth lad ensured a skilful future

Scott Spence working on his skills
Scott Spence working on his skills

A new scheme is helping keep traditional skills alive and providing local young people with rewarding careers at the same time.

Grangemouth’s Scott Spence (21) is just one of those young people taking advantage of the Skills for the Future initiative, managed by Historic Scotland and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thanks to the scheme Scott started a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in carpentry and joinery at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus after securing a placement with Andrew Miller Architectural Joinery.

Skills for the Future aims to address skills shortages within the heritage sector by helping and supporting young people to pursue relevant vocational training. Ian Morrison, FVC head of department for construction, said: “Scott will benefit greatly from the high quality training on offer at the college, our state-of-the-art facilities and our fantastic location surrounded by Scottish landmarks and heritage.

“This particular apprenticeship also highlights how our partnership with Historic Scotland is growing from strength to strength. This is a fantastic development for all involved and will allow us to explore even more joint initiatives.”