Work Placements – No One Left Behind


The Dumfries & Galloway Local Employability Partnership have created a number of paid work placements open to adults over 25 who have been unemployed for 12 months or more. There is a variety of opportunities across community organisations and D&G Council departments all designed to support clients to build skills, experience and confidence whilst earning an income.

*Placements will typically last 6 months – although full support and training will be provided to enable clients to move into full employment beyond the initial placement.


Job Title Historic Construction Skills Trainees Location WHITHORN

Organisation The Whithorn Trust Hours 24hrs pw Monday to Thursday

Pay £9.90 per hour Duration 26 weeks*


The Whithorn Trust is an archaeological trust, managing a visitor centre and outdoor site which includes our full-scale Iron Age roundhouse. Our museum includes artefacts from the last 1600 years. The Trust has a workshop on site, with a full time joinery and carpentry  trainer, and assistants, where we train people in traditional and ancient joinery, using hand tools, with opportunities to learn blacksmithing, masonry and other traditional crafts which have a long history in Whithorn. We are aiming to create full-scale reconstruction buildings from the past, but we also aim to equip our participants with  transferrable skills which will enable them to repair traditional stone-built buildings which are common in Dumfries and Galloway.

This placement offers the opportunity to become involved in a lively and ambitious training programme which will offer transferrable and accredited skills:  

· Working outdoors with hand tools and ancient construction techniques, instructed by experts

· Working in our workshop learning traditional construction and use of tools

· Working on full-scale buildings with a trainer in carpentry, masonry, lime plaster etc.


The purpose of this placement opportunity is to support you to develop your skills, confidence and qualifications to return to work. The possibility of continuing work at the Trust will be discussed at the end of the placement.

Full training will be provided and may include accredited awards in First Aid, Health and Safety in Construction, Abrasive Wheels, Manual Handling and may include other awards such as CSCS and Chainsaw work, and we are aiming to become an accredited training centre for traditional construction skills in the near future which will open up further possibilities for accredited learning.  

To see more about the current programme, view this video : Whithorn Rebuild 

Link: https://vimeo.com/639552751

Pass: whithorn21

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY Contact: Julia Muir Watt Email: juliamuirwatt@btconnect.com Telephone: 01988 500469