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5 June 2018

Start your career in Conservation at the Engine Shed!

National Conservation Centre to host Careers Fair for young learners

Young people looking to get started in a career in conservation are being invited to the Engine Shed – Scotland’s national conservation centre in Stirling – to meet professionals and organisations representing dozens of different skill areas including structural engineering, lime-working and technical building design. 
The two-day Building Conservation Careers Fair runs from 8 June, and is free and open to all. Exhibitors include the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Construction Industry Training Board Scotland and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Experts from across the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Conservation team, Forth Valley College and Skills Development Scotland will also be on hand to tell people more about their roles and experiences. 
The Careers Fair comes ahead of HES’s annual Conservation Summer School. Learners can sign up for a weeklong course which lets them try their hand at stonemasonry, environmental conservation and even visit archaeological sites undergoing active conservation. The summer school can be booked as individual day courses, or as a weeklong course for a discount. Places for the summer school are still available. 
Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland said:
"Conservation is a great and rewarding career choice, but the range of roles - from working with wood and metal to civil engineering and architecture – can seem daunting.
"We want to make sure that people looking at a career in conservation have the information they need to make an informed decision and to see what path – college, university, or apprenticeship – best suits them."
Craig Peoples, National Training Programme Equality Executive at Skills Development Scotland, said: “There are many different ways to get into this fascinating career path – our advisers will be available on the day to help attendees work out the best route for them, including apprenticeships. 
“Events like this are important for young people making decisions for the future, and we’d encourage any young people with an interest in science, technology, engineering or maths in particular to come along.” 
The careers fair and summer school form part of the Engine Shed’s first full year event programme. Further opportunities for learners of all ages are planned throughout the year, with full details available on the Engine Shed website

Notes for editors

The full list of exhibitors is:
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
Scottish Lime Centre
David Narro Associates
University of the West of Scotland
Institution of Civil Engineers
Skills Development Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Forth Valley College
Construction Industry Training Board Scotland (CITB)
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
The Scottish Civic Trust

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Year of Young People 2018

The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Over 200 young people throughout Scotland will become #YOYP2018 Ambassadors, ensuring their communities know about local opportunities to celebrate young people.

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