New fo­cus on train­ing

Cash for Coupar project

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

A new project in Coupar Angus which aims to ex­plore how to meet lo­cal train­ing needs has been awarded £20,000.

Fund­ing for the project comes from a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment-led pro­gramme sup­ported by the Euro­pean So­cial Fund as part of their As­pir­ing Com­mu­ni­ties ini­tia­tive.

The project, which is be­ing run by lo­cal de­vel­op­ment trust For­ward Coupar Angus (FCA), aims to in­crease train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by har­ness­ing knowl­edge and skills al­ready in the com­mu­nity and chan­nelling them through skills shar­ing work­shops and ap­pren­tice­ships.

Project man­ager Ian Simp­son said: “Train­ing is the process of learn­ing skills you need to do a par­tic­u­lar job or ac­tiv­ity and it can take many dif­fer­ent forms.

“For many peo­ple train­ing is a part of their ev­ery­day lives but for oth­ers even ba­sic train­ing can some­times feel be­yond their grasp.

“This project, which got un­der way last week, aims to ad­dress this.”

The first part of the project will in­volve gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on train­ing needs in the area from the per­spec­tives of both lo­cal em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als and build­ing part­ner­ships be­tween or­gan­i­sa­tions in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing to fu­ture train­ing ini­tia­tives.

The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered will be used to help de­velop a train­ing agenda for the Coupar Angus area.

Ian ex­plained: “The long-term vi­sion is the de­vel­op­ment of a so­cial en­ter­prise: a com­mu­nity-led ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cen­tre for ru­ral, en­vi­ron­men­tal, hos­pi­tal­ity, civic and cit­i­zen­ship skills which can ser­vice the needs of Coupar Angus and the sur­round­ing area.

“After the first phase of the project we will be look­ing for fund­ing to help re­alise the long-term vi­sion and start de­liv­er­ing tar­geted train­ing to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“FCA is also work­ing to se­cure a venue in Coupar Angus through which the train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties could even­tu­ally be de­liv­ered.”

FCA chair John Pal­frey­man said: “This is an ex­cit­ing new ven­ture for us and one which will re­alise tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for the peo­ple of Coupar Angus and the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“It builds on what we’ve achieved al­ready and will pro­vide lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple to get in­volved as both train­ers and trainees.”

To find out more about the project con­tact Ian Simp­son by email at fcafolder@gmail. com or by call­ing 01828 626211.

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