STUART MILES has carved out a career for himself as a stonemason and has joined Historic Scotland on a four-year training programme for traditional skills apprentices.
The 23-year-old from Stow is one of 18 new apprentices with the organisation, the largest intake in its history, and will be based at Melrose Abbey.
Stuart responded to a call from Historic Scotland earlier this year for a new batch of recruits to ensure the ongoing demand for traditional and essential skills across the historic environment is met.
He told The Southern: “I was so excited to hear that I had been chosen for one of these apprenticeships.
“I love working with my hands and being out in the fresh air, so stonemasonry is ideal for me.”
He added: “Being from the Borders, it’s a dream come true to be able to work at Melrose Abbey, and I’m grateful to Historic Scotland for this incredible opportunity.”
The trainee positions focus on learning the traditional craft skills required in their chosen discipline, with a focus on conservation.
At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will gain an industry-recognised qualification.