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Programme D

D D1 Save Our Skills



Heritage skills training is identified as crucial to the delivery of projects under the Landscape Partnership Scheme. The projects within the LCAP have a high level of community and volunteer involvement, and people need training in order to acquire the skills to allow hands on involvement in the projects. It also empowers the communities and people involved as they are not reliant on external involvement to allow them to take work forward. The training projects are also important for the future sustainability of projects, as local people will be equipped with the skills to continue caring for the landscape and heritage beyond the period of HLF funding. The aims of this workstream are to train individuals in a variety of heritage skills. Projects in this Workstream include: D1.1 Training: Employability and Heritage Skills for Hard to Reach D1.2 Community Orchard Training



Context This programme of training aims to offer a a wide range of heritage, conservation and horticulture skills, focusing on 

opportunities to deliver employability training to individuals to fill skill gaps in the area

opportunities to train hard-to-reach volunteers and those with support needs

Clydesdale Community Initiatives are one of the key partners that aim to deliver this training. They incorporate the principle that no one should be defined in terms of their support needs, rather they should be recognised for the contribution they are able to offer, gaining invaluable experience of vocational and social skills and as a result their self-confidence has increased, often reducing long term demands on mainstream services as a result. As a result both employability and hard-to reach heritage training work together to provide opportunities for those with support needs to be employed in work that makes a contribution to the CAVLP area. In addition, employability training is offered to a wide range of our community. These skills can support volunteering activities within the CAVLP programme and area to achieve our outcomes and offer new skills to make individuals more employable and get jobs. CAVLP team will work with partners to ensure that where possible conservation activities over the whole programme incorporate training for either hard-to reach or employability. The Proposals 

Certificated courses in a range of landscaping, arboriculture and horticulture.

Supported training programmes.

Progress plans

How to Films

Benefits and Justification The benefits to individuals will be increased skills, increased sense of ownership of the landscape, improved health and wellbeing.

Risks Unless individuals attain levels of skill and confidence in the practical management of conservation and environment projects, there will be a risk that the projects are not inclusive or sustainable. There is a shortage of heritage skills in the area and conservation agencies and social enterprises will require skilled staff in order to be able to develop capacity in this field. Audience: individuals from hard to reach groups, local unemployed people and individuals seeking employment in conservation and heritage fields, Outputs: supported training programmes, training courses, certified individuals, How-to-film training films Media outputs: Information to promote access to training. with support needs. Publicity of achievement, leaflets and networking Training and education: CCI is the lead and delivery will be through a Social Inclusion Model. Individuals will have personal and vocational skills development plans for hard-to reach groups, training will be delivered as courses and through delivery of other CAVLP projects as they are delivered, How-to-Films highlighting elements of training to remind people about key aspects after training Partners: CCI, SWT, RTWS, training agencies and CAVLP partners in general will offer certified training courses, VASLAN FILM Private land involvement: agreements will be made depending on appropriate projects arising as training opportunities




The Clyde Valley Orchard Group are key to the revival of the orchards. A key component of their restoration will be the preparation of orchard management plans aimed at improving management, maintenance and productivity of orchards. In addition this project aims to provide training to individuals and Groups on aspects of orchard management, fruit processing and growing

The Proposals The project will provide training and information days for all members of the community on fruit growing and using fruit along with the preparation of a series of individual orchard management plans linked to a Clyde Valley Orchards Development Scheme. This scheme will provide orchard owners with support to replant and maintain orchards as part of the Landscape Partnerships Strategy of seeking to revive and restore the orchard landscape through establishing a viable orchard resource. Contractor[s] will be commissioned to liaise with the orchard owners to draw up specific plans for each site. Plans will consider: Remedial pruning Removal of shadowing non fruit trees Stump removal Sward cutting regime Mulching and feeding programme Planting recommendations Recording and tagging Pest and disease control Shelter belt planting Propagation of notable existing varieties Budget ÂŁ 10,000 Training to individuals and Groups on aspects of orchard management, fruit processing and growing will be delivered through arrange of community growing initiatives including Larkhall Community Growers and Castlebank Horticultural Training Centre. Budget ÂŁ 10,000

Benefits and Justification Re skilling orchard owners in traditional management techniques a providing a basis upon which orchards can become productive and viable. Risks All this requires engagement and buy-in from orchard owners. Audience: CVOG. Orchard owners, smallholders and area residents Outputs: Increased capacity of producers, developing orchard and horticulture skills base Media outputs: Press releases Training and education: Partners: CVOG, community groups and RDT Private land involvement: Private land to be used for access to sites.

CAVLP Programme D project sheets