MP praises North-east skills centre

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Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has spoken warmly of her visit to the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre at Fyvie this week.

Youngsters from local schools demonstrated some of the skills they have been learning, including gardening, and the construction of a dry stone wall.

Among those participating were pupils from Banff, Inverurie, Meldrum and Westhill Academies, as well as the Gordon Schools, Huntly.

The STSTC was established in 2006 in response to skills shortages in the historic buildings conservation sector. The centre provides education and training programmes related to the internal and external maintenance of historic buildings, engineering and landscaping.

The centre has attracted funding from the Scottish Government in the past, including a Sustainable Action Grant of £30,000 in 2006-07, £20,000 in 2007-08 and £20,000 in 2008-09 to deliver training in conservation skills.

The centre also works closely with a number of corporate partners across a range of sectors.

Speaking at Fyvie, Eilidh said: “It was a real pleasure to meet staff and students at the training centre.

“The fact that the North-east now hosts this facility is testimony to the drive and dedication of staff at the centre.”