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New Education and Training Fund for residents

18 October 2016

Residents living in the area around the new Burnhead Moss wind farm near Avonbridge and Limerigg have an exciting opportunity to receive some financial support to help with attending vocational education and training opportunities at local training facilities.

The fund has been developed by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) and Foundation Scotland with invaluable help from local volunteers and some staff at local colleges.

There are a wealth of courses running locally at Forth Valley College and West Lothian College, however, the cost and limitations of public transport can be a real challenge for many. The grants from the new Burnhead Moss Education and Training Fund can be used to help ensure people can get to and from college, as well as help towards study aids and childcare.
The fund is restricted in this first round to students living in Avonbridge & Standburn, Limerigg & Slamannan and Blackridge who have started or are completing full-time courses such as MA/NC/HNC/HND from August 2016. The closing date is Monday 28th November.

In early 2017 a second round will invite applications from people undertaking short-term courses and training opportunities.

In the longer term it is hoped that this initiative will ensure that more people from these communities will be able to develop their skills and secure job opportunities.

A spokesperson from Avonbridge and Standburn Community Council said, "Let's make this money work! We believe that this fund can help people from our rural communities increase their skills and improve their chances of quality employment. Our first targets are young people attending vocational courses at college and adults retraining into work".

Linda Duckworth, Asset Manager from EDF ER said, ”We are delighted to have opened our first Education and Training Fund from the Burnhead Moss Wind Farm. The fund will have a priority for courses in Renewables and the wider energy industry and we feel it is a brilliant opportunity to support people local to the wind farm into training courses. We would like to thank the local community panel and colleges for working closely with us on this first fund which we intend to roll out across our other new community funds.”

For further information about how to apply visit /programmes/edf-burnhead-moss-education-and-training-fund/

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