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A graduate from one of Scotland’s largest Further Education institutions, Edinburgh’s Telford College, has been awarded a highly sought-after craft Fellowship.
The William Morris Craft Fellowship is awarded to two or three individuals each year and this year Callum Plews was the only Scottish candidate to be successful.
Callum studied Stone Masonry at Telford College and was awarded the prestigious Fellowship after displaying a high degree of knowledge in the craft to a panel of industry professionals.
Hosted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) the Fellowship gives individuals the opportunity to learn a range of building repair techniques and work with a host of different traditional building materials.
Robert Oliver, Stone Masonry Lecturer at Edinburgh’s Telford College said: “We are delighted to hear that Callum has been recognised for his exceptional masonry skills.
“Callum was one of our top students, regularly attending our prize giving ceremony. He is an extremely hard working and determined individual and I have no doubt that he will gain highly from his time on the William Morris Craft Fellowship program.
“The Stone Masonry course involves a key focus on building skills and conservation allowing individuals to preserve a traditional trade and develop a high degree of craftsmanship. This level of training is reflected throughout all of our courses.
“We work closely with industry professionals to ensure our courses are designed to provide students with vocational skills that allow them to enter the workplace with confidence. We are very pleased that one of our talented students has been recognised within their industry.”
Edinburgh’s Telford College, provides a wide range of career related programmes to help learners progress into work or University education. Currently the college has around 17,000 students and 600 members of staff.
The young stone-worker said: “I am extremely pleased to have been awarded the William Morris Craft Fellowship. It is highly rewarding to have my efforts acknowledged by such an influential organisation.
“I would like to thank Edinburgh’s Telford College, particularly Robert Oliver, Gordon Mallace and Brian Kelly for their support and guidance. My time spent at the college was enjoyable and I gained a wealth of experience and skills that I am now developing and refining.”
More information about Edinburgh’s Telford College can be found at www.ed-coll.ac.uk