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18 January 2023

HES launches survey of Scotland’s stonemasonry sector

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today (Wednesday 18 January) launched a survey of stonemasonry in Scotland to better understand the current status of the sector

A photo of a stonemason in protective gear working on a stone.

The survey seeks to gather information on the number of stonemasons there are in Scotland, where the businesses that employ stonemasons are based, and the need for stonemasonry skills across the country.  

The survey is the first in a series examining stonemasonry in Scotland and is an action arising out of the work of the Stonemasonry Training Working Group of sector partners and stakeholders, convened by HES. The data gathered will be used as a first step to building understanding of how the stonemasonry sector looks across different parts of Scotland, and ensuring it is equipped to meet the challenges of the future. The aim is to create a stonemasonry specific dataset that will enable better sector engagement and consultation, as ideas and proposals on the future of stonemasonry training are developed. 

HES supports the delivery of stonemasonry skills training at its Skills Training Centres in Elgin and Stirling, in partnership with Forth Valley College. 

Colin Tennant, Head of Technical Education and Training at HES, said:

“With our built environment in Scotland predominantly made of stone, it is crucial we ensure a continuing supply of trained stonemasons to repair, maintain and conserve this heritage. 

Stonemasonry is also a sustainable traditional skill which supports both green jobs and a circular economy which helps maximise our existing resources, crucial for our national net-zero ambitions."

“We want to ensure the sector can thrive into the future, which is why we’re launching this survey to gather information which will help us build a comprehensive picture of stonemasonry in Scotland. To help us do that, we would urge as many stonemasons and employers as possible will take part in the survey.” 

The Stonemasonry Sector in Scotland 2022 survey

 The survey closes on Tuesday 28 February.

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