AN APPRENTICESHIP to help nurture the next generation of traditional craftsmen and women has been launched.

West Fife firm Sheed Stonemasonry will take up one of the first funded apprenticeship opportunities which is being offered through the Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration scheme.

The initiative is being delivered by Fife Historic Buildings Trust on behalf of Fife Council and supports traditional building skills firms by part-funding their first year apprenticeship costs.

Callum Sheed, of Sheed Stonemasonry, was delighted to learn of the support offered by Fife Council’s Employability services, with recruitment and support for both the apprentice and the employer in the first year.

He described the project as "great news"

Fife Historic Buildings Trust's Training and Development Officer, Emma Griffiths, said securing the awards of funding for apprentices in traditional skills was "heartening".

She said: "It’s an investment in future heritage, as well as helping to safeguard the existing built environment, by making sure there are people out there with the right skills."

Councillor Alice McGarry, South and West Fife Area Committee convener, added “It’s great that this project will protect our heritage. But, more importantly, by investing in our young people and teaching traditional skills, we can maintain this really valuable legacy in the future.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the apprenticeships can email or call Fife Historic Building Trust on 01592 725145.