More Falkirk youngsters set to benefit from ‘Green Action’ employability programme!

Young people in Falkirk are set to benefit once again from ‘Green Action’ as our long-standing employability programme returns once again this week.

Green Action, made possible with funding from Forestry Commission Scotland and the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, helps 16-24 year olds in the Falkirk area who typically face significant barriers to employment.

The 12-week programmes help young people get on the path to work by offering hands-on conservation work experience, qualifications and certificates in a safe and supportive environment.

Learning in the unique outdoors environment surrounding the Forth & Clyde and Union canals, young volunteers improve biodiversity to the area through tasks including tree-planting, vegetation management and creating habitats for waterways wildlife including bird-boxes.

As well as learning a range of practical outdoors tasks like forestry and conservation skills, participants can earn CV boosting awards.

A new group of young people joined the programme induction this week, ready to begin learning skills outdoors next week. Activities will included dead hedging, path creation and working towards gaining an employability award.

Since it launched six years ago, over 400 young people have taken part in Green Action with 60% securing a job, place in training, education or a new volunteering role afterwards.

Under the current funding, Green Action will run until April 2017. We’re fundraising hard to continue the programme.