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Corriemoillie wind farm provides community fund spin-off for groups including Ullapool High School, Strathpeffer Golf Club and Create Youth Theatre through via Foundation Scotland


By Hector MacKenzie

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Ullapool High School children conducting a peat depth survey as part of the RuralSkills National 5 course.
Ullapool High School children conducting a peat depth survey as part of the RuralSkills National 5 course.

A raft of funding awards have been made to individuals, small businesses and other organisations in Ross-shire for education and training activities.

The awards come from the EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund.

Awards include bursaries for individuals to develop or improve their employment prospects in a wide range of industries including for: tools for an apprentice joiner; fees for LGV training, deer stalking, Gaelic and gymnastic coaching courses; and travel and subsistence costs for those studying forestry, maritime operations, architectural technology and computer game design.

Strathpeffer Golf Club received support for staff training in first aid and health and safety.

Create Youth Theatre received support for mentoring to help them to diversify into video and sound production workshops to expand their services while drama classes are restricted.

Ullapool High School has also been awarded £2000 funding from the EDF Corriemoillie Education mentoring fund to support adapting to the COVID crisis. The crisis has brought about sweeping change to the way that education is delivered, this funding will allow outdoor learning to take place whilst meeting some of the challenges that are associated with classroom-based activity.

Ullapool High School, head teacher Robbie McFedries said “From September 2020 the Enviro-Link Pilot project will work with three local tutors to learn skills for employability in a range of activities that support sound environmental management including permaculture, forest gardening and peatland restoration. The project will be open to S3 pupils as part of their wider engagement with local employers and pupils will document their progress using multi-media supported by local film make Angelica Kroeger.”

“Over the last ten years the school has established an award winning rural skills course and this project is a great lead in to this sort of vocational education which focuses on the natural resources of the area that we live in.”

EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund is administered by independent grant making charity Foundation Scotland, with award decisions made by a panel of local people and industry experts.

Foundation Scotland’s fund co-ordinator, Marion McDonald, said: “We are delighted to support such a diverse range of employment related training. Feedback from recipients has been very positive and shows the Corriemoillie Wind Farm Fund is really making a difference to people’s lives.”

EDF Renewables Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund is open to individuals, small businesses or voluntary groups in the following community council areas:Contin; Garve and District; Lochbroom; Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon; and Strathpeffer. The Fund provides financial assistance for education, training, business mentoring and apprenticeships.

For further information about how to apply, visit https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/corriemoille-education-and-training/ or phone Foundation Scotland on 07912 759524.

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