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New Education and Training Fund Launches

19 May 2017

The head-teacher and pupils at Dingwall Academy were on hand this week to hear from the owners of the Corriemoillie wind farm near Garve, about a new fund which will provide financial assistance to those looking to wishing to take up education, training or apprenticeship opportunities, with a particular focus on (but not limited to) the16517 EDF Fund 003 renewables and energy industry.

The fund has been developed by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF-ER), and is open to residents aged 16 and over living in the community council areas of Contin; Garve and District; Lochbroom; Marybank, Scatwell and Strathconon; and Strathpeffer. EDF-ER has been assisted in the set-up of the fund by independent grant-making body Foundation Scotland, with invaluable support from a steering group of local volunteers, businesses, and education and training providers.

Karen Cormack of Dingwall Academy, a member of the steering group said: “There are a variety of education and training opportunities available locally; however the cost of attending these and limitations of public transport can be a real challenge for many. Grants available from the new EDF-ER Corriemoillie Education and Training Fund will mean that for many travel costs no longer need be a barrier, as well as providing help towards study aids, tools, course fees, accommodation costs, or childcare.“

“I am delighted to have played a role in developing this fund, and I look forward to seeing some of the pupils from Dingwall Academy benefit from the Fund as they pursue training and other education opportunities.”

The fund is not limited to individuals. Small businesses and third sector organisations may be eligible for assistance to help cover the costs of providing apprenticeships, and activities that provide insight into what it is like to work in a specific sector can also be funded e.g. visits from school pupils or those who have recently been made redundant to a business premises.

The Fund will provide £48,450 in its first year, and will be managed by Foundation Scotland. Communities within the Fund Area of Benefit are those within the community council areas of: Garve & District; Contin; Marybank, Scatwell & Strathconon; Strathpeffer; and Lochbroom.

Grant Folley of EDF-ER said: “We are delighted to have opened our Education and Training Fund from the Corriemoillie wind farm. The Fund will have a priority for training in renewables and the wider energy industry. Other industries, such as construction or land-based businesses, are however also to be supported. Our aim is that this money will equip local residents with the necessary skills to take up employment opportunities, whilst supporting small business create job opportunities. We would like to thank the steering group of local community volunteers and the representatives from education and training bodies and from local business, for working closely with us on developing this fund to ensure that it will meet local needs.”

For further information visit how to apply .There will be two rounds of awards each year, and the closing date for the first round of applications is 19th June 2017.


For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963 or mobile 07718772726

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