The Corn Exchange project will be participating in the THI/CARS/Edinburgh College Training Scheme which was launched in June 2011 and is grant aided by HLF. The training includes practical courses for unemployed youths who are interested in conservation work.

The south elevation of the Corn Exchange requires extensive re-pointing in lime mortar and has been identified as an ideal opportunity for trainees to practice and develop their skills.

During the construction period, we would plan workshops on historic building repair and restoration. These would demonstrate appropriate materials and techniques to repair historic buildings with traditional materials such as natural stone, slate, lime mortars and renders. The workshops would be aimed at consultants, contractors, local residents, com-munity groups and schools / colleges.

Melville Housing will work with the building contractor to enable at least one unemployed local youth to be employed as an apprentice trades person. The Corn Exchange project will assist with Melville’s existing programme of work-experience for local school children. Melville Housing will also maximise the opportunities for student and graduate involvement through internships, and placements.

There will be access to a computer training facility.


“A principal objective of the grant is that the local community should be engaged in the project through participation, education and training.”