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Builders merchant works with local college

Yorkshire independent builders merchant Merritt & Fryers has been working with a local further education college to promote traditional building skills.

Builders merchant works with local college

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.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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