New scheme to help youngsters
Galloway Glens plan for apprenticeships
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