Council leader meets young people taking part



EIGHTY FIVE training opportunities in Rural Skills leading to apprenticeships were unveiled today (Thursday 2 May) in the historic setting of Falkland Palace as part of Fife Council’s £5 million investment in apprenticeships for Fife’s young unemployed.

A variety of land-based training providers now have the opportunities for unemployed young people who are within the 16 to 24 year old age group.  These rural skills apprenticeships range from working on golf courses, core paths, timber and landscaping to woodland management and environmental conservation.

Leader of Fife Council, Councillor Alex Rowley added: “Since the Fife Youth Job Contract commenced four months ago, we have already approved over 130 apprenticeships.  This shows the commitment of organisations to make sure they put the skills in place to meet the needs of their business.  These 85 training opportunities will allow young unemployed people to get a foot on the ladder which could lead to a future of employment with good prospects. In these difficult economic times it is crucial that Fife Council does all it can to support young people to get the training and skills to support them into work. We are pleased with the progress being made and the partnership approach with employer and would encourage more employers to become involved with council scheme.”

The Rural Skills training providers are Fife Council (Core Paths), Fife Golf Trust, River Leven Development, Living Solutions (Scotland), Centre for Stewardship (Falkland) and the Ecology Centre.

For further information on training opportunities in Rural Skills, contact Grant Leaburn at Opportunities Fife on 08451 55 55 55 ext 406723 or check out




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