Build Your Future at Jedburgh Grammar Campus

The Build Your Future programme introduced students to traditional skills with a series of mini masterclasses.

A traditional building skills demonstration has been delivered for young people at Jedburgh Grammar Campus, one of the final elements of the five-year Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme.

Students received mini masterclasses in stonemasonry, roof slating, painting, decorating, and surveying as part of Build Your Future, a partnership programme led by Developing the Young Workforce which explores careers in the built environment. The event gave the students opportunities to try different trades and introduced them to potential careers in the construction industry.

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The event was one of the final training sessions of Jedburgh CARS, a partnership project developed with the local community and funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Borders Council. The project has delivered a range of heritage and conservation-based regeneration activities within the town centre over a five-year period.

A final exhibition and weekend of activities will be held in Jedburgh on 1 – 3 April to highlight all that the scheme has achieved.

Introducing young people to traditional skills

Nicola Shaw, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Scottish Borders, added: “Working with partners in education and the construction sector, the Build Your Future programme has been developed nationally to maximise the impact of construction activities in schools for the benefit of young people.

“The feedback from teachers and the young people who participated was extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing to roll out Build Your Future to all high schools in the Scottish Borders.”

Susan Oliver, Headteacher at Jedburgh Grammar Campus, said: “We are grateful for the range of opportunities working with the CARS team has offered our young people over the last few years and were delighted to be involved in this final event, which raised the profile of potential careers within the traditional building sector.

“This event has given the young people a fantastic insight into the construction industry, with the hands-on nature of the experience being of particular value.”

Find out more about Build Your Future.

Jedburgh CARS weekend exhibition and activities will be open 1-3 April 10am – 4pm, at 2 Canongate, Jedburgh.

Image © Scottish Borders Council.