Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre develops and delivers a Conservation Education & Skills Training programme including drystone walling, landscape conservation, gardening, path making, woodland maintenance and basic conservation skills. The David Doig Foundation funding will enable 67 disengaged young people from Aberdeenshire on the edges of the formal education system to participate in work experience and skills training courses. Subjects will be studied in six week blocks and include drystane dyking, landscaping, woodland maintenance and basic conservation skills. This training will help them to develop confidence and skills for learning, work and life.
Evidence from the 12 years this course has been running demonstrates that significant numbers of participants, many of whom were disengaged from formal learning, have secured employment or apprenticeships relating to the skills training and work experience received, have become confident individuals, who actively contribute to their local and wider community.