An apprentice scheme training people to take care of historic buildings is celebrating its first graduation.
Dan Blincoe, 23, is the first person to have completed a heritage skills apprenticeship with Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, delivered through Lincolnshire County Council.
And after graduating in stonemasonry, he has already landed himself a job with A F Jones Stonemasons, based in Reading.
Mr Blincoe started his apprenticeship in May 2011, after relocating to Lincoln from Warwickshire, and has now finished his 18-month placement earlier than expected.
"I was on the look out for masonry jobs, saw the scheme online and applied for it," explained Mr Blincoe.
"It's been a brilliant experience for me.
"They taught me all the skills I'd need right from the start. It was a great opportunity to work with the stonemasonry team."
Mr Blincoe's apprenticeship was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund's skills for the future programme, which has awarded the county council £475,000 to deliver 16 bursaries in stonemasonry, joinery, lead work, stained glass work and heritage brickwork.
And Carol Heidschuster, works manager at Lincoln Cathedral, added: "We are all tremendously proud of Dan's achievements and our own."
Two other apprentices, joinery trainee Ben Pickering, 19, and lead work trainee Tom Lees, 20, are due to complete their 18-month placements at the end of October and hope to gain employment within two months.