Students try out heritage crafts

Natasha Lister, 15, from Thirsk School has a go at blacksmithing. (S)
Natasha Lister, 15, from Thirsk School has a go at blacksmithing. (S)

Students from North Yorkshire have been given a taster of life in the construction industry as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The joint event held by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board took place at Thorp Perrow Heritage Craft Alliance Centre where students from Mowbray School in Bedale and Thirsk School and Sixth Form College were welcomed.

The event gave students the chance to have a go at some traditional heritage crafts such as stone dressing, carving, traditional blacksmithing, green timber framing, and slate roofing.

Ex-servicemen from Catterick Garrison were also on hand to demonstrate heritage skills.

Natasha Lister, aged 15, from Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, said: “I didn’t realise there were so many different trades and career options. It has made me look at the industry in a different way and getting to try out some of the tasks really brought it to life.”