New scheme to help young­sters

Gal­loway Glens plan for ap­pren­tice­ships

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - STEPHEN NORRIS

A new ap­prent i ce­ship scheme is be­ing pro­posed in the Ste­wartry to boost op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

The Gal­loway Glens plan in­volves four trainees work­ing with dif­fer­ent lo­cal busi­nesses for a year.

The move is de­signed to help build sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties as the re­gion’s pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to age.

Gal­loway Glens team leader McNabb Lau­rie said: “We are cur­rently seek­ing matched fund­ing for a shared ap­pren­tice­ship scheme.

“In the first year it would of­fer four young peo­ple the chance to gain a mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship in ru­ral skills.

“It would in­volve the trainees ro­tat­ing around four or more place­ments within the year.”

The ini­tia­tive was un­veiled as Dum­fries and Gal­loway recorded the low­est num­ber of births since 1855.

Mr Lau­rie ac­knowl­edged the need to stem the ex­o­dus of younger cit­i­zens.

He said: “This is one of the main threats to com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity.

“There is a real or per­ceived need for our young peo­ple to leave the area to pur­sue in­ter­ests and ca­reers.

“Our in­no­va­tive scheme aims to break down the bar­ri­ers for small em­ploy­ers to of­fer­ing ap­pren­tice­ships.

“It sup­ports those young peo­ple who would ben­e­fit most from a scheme such as this.”

He added: “We are also work­ing with high schools to of­fer an Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Award in Ru­ral Skills to S5/S6 stu­dents.

“These are work­place based qual­i­fi­ca­tions that give young peo­ple valu­able ac­cred­ited ex­pe­ri­ences as they be­gin to work in this sec­tor.”

The multi-mil­lion pound Gal­loway Glens scheme runs from the Glenkens down the Dee val­ley to Cas­tle Dou­glas and Kirkcud­bright.

Seek­ing project fund­ing Gal­loway Glens team leader McNabb Lau­rie

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