Local MSP Nigel Don tried his hand at some traditional building skills when me met up with apprentices in Edinburgh last week.
Mr Don visited an event in St Andrew’s Square, which had been organised by the construction industry to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
The week is held annually by national training body Skills Development Scotland to highlight Modern Apprenticeships and encourage young people to enter into programmes to improve their employment prospects.
Two thirds of Modern Apprenticeship employers report improved productivity and quality as well as higher morale while nine out of 10 Modern Apprentices are still in employments six months after their training.
Mr Don saw demonstrations of skills including masonry, slate roofing, joinery, plastering and painting and decorating.
The event highlighted the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and Mr Don was able to try his hand at some of the tasks.
He said: “This was an excellent event that encourages young people to consider the many and varied careers within the construction industry.
“I really enjoyed having a go at slating and stonework, and I welcome the work of the agencies promoting the traditional building skills which are essential to protect and restore the old buildings and bridges all across Scotland.”