Recruitment beings for free outdoors training programme to help young people into work

Scottish Waterways Trust is now recruiting applicants for Green Action, a free youth employability programme based at The Falkirk Wheel.

Made possible with Forestry Commission Scotland and Young Start funding from the BIG Fund, the Green Action programme has been designed to help 16-25 year olds in the Falkirk area who have experienced setbacks in their education or work take steps towards employment. Since it launched six years ago, over 400 young people have taken part in Green Action with 65% securing a job, place in training, education or a new volunteering role afterwards.

Green Action, which begins on Thursday 19th of May and will run every Thursday for 12 weeks, combines real work experience with the opportunity to gain valuable skills training and certificates.

The free course will give young volunteers the chance to carry out a range of practical outdoors activities including landscaping and gardening, forest tasks, conservation tasks, woodworking, planting bulbs and wildflowers and painting and maintenance.

Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve a number of CV boosting awards and certificates, including the Saltire and John Muir Awards. Interview skills, job searching, CV writing and tips on how to make a good impression and how to behave in the workplace will also be delivered by experienced, disclosed trainers.

To find out more, register for Green Action or refer a young person contact Alan Forrester on 07768 951740 or email