Carving out a Career in Stonemasonry - Euan Alexander
Describe your career pathway after leaving school.
I left school and was a Fibre Glass Laminator before taking up the Apprenticeship in Stonemasonry.
Have you ever been an apprentice?
I am currently in the 3rd year of my apprenticeship in Stonemasonry. I also attend College at the Elgin Training Unit run by Historic Environment Scotland block release from work. So far the apprenticeship has been a great way to learn and develop the skills required to become a Stonemason repairing old buildings with and also develop general life skills.
What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?
More practical subjects and maybe technical drawing but none are essential.
What does a typical day in your role involve?
A normal day can be mixing and using traditional lime mortars, setting out and cutting replacement stones, and undertaking lime harling and pointing.
What skills are required to do your job?
Good attitude and good work ethic.
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
You get quite a bit of self-satisfaction from the job knowing that the piece of stone you have cut or carved will be visible on a building for hundreds of years to come.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
I had been looking for a practical hands-on job but I didn't know a great deal about Stonemasonry before I applied for the job as Stonemasonry is not really something you hear about at school.
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
Don't be afraid of hard work Stonemasonry is a self-satisfying job.