Yorkshire independent builders merchant Merritt & Fryers has been working with a local further education college to promote traditional building skills.
The family owned timber, builder’s, plumber’s and decorator’s merchants has been celebrating its 75th birthday year with a series of free breakfast mornings, trade demonstrations and competitions.
Tutors from the Construction and Heritage Skills Division at Craven College in Skipton have been giving demonstrations on a variety of heritage skills including stonemasonry and traditional paint techniques to promote courses in this area currently subsidised to help bridge an identified skills gap.
This collaboration has provided a great opportunity for Craven College to work with industry specialists in communicating the current skills gap for work on pre-1919 structures. The courses available at Craven College will help those currently working in construction to specialise with these required skills providing them with a distinct competitive advantage.