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Skills Training Programme :
1998 - 1999

The rural areas of Dumfries and Galloway have benefited from various initiatives such as the DRIVING LESSONS SUBSIDY SCHEME, to benefit people in remote areas and help improve their employment prospects. Unemployed people have also been assisted with the costs of short training courses to help them into employment or self employment under the SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME. TECHNICAL SUPPORT has been given to a range of projects to assist with the development of local community initiatives, or with feasibility studies.

Details of these projects and some case studies can be examined in Rural Support : 1995-1997. Details of current projects are given here.

Skills Training Programme (STP) : 1998-1999 :

The programme is targeted at unemployed people and aims to assist with the costs of short, job specific training courses, which will enable the the individual to take up the opportunity of a job, or to become self-employed.

The type of course can vary from basic driving lessons to LGV training, or Domestic Appliance Servicing and Repair. Discretionary grants of up to 50 % of the cost of training may be awarded.

By September 1998, 70 individuals had been assisted under STP. As a result of a recent initiative run in conjunction with the Upper Nithsdale Community Initiative and Sibbalds Ltd., 10 unemployed construction site workers were assisted in iobtaining their CITB (Certificate of Training Achievement) site certificates. Of these ten, eight had obtained employment by September 1998.

Aims of STP :

Eligible Groups :

  • Unemployed People resident in Dumfries and Galloway.

Examples of Eligible Projects :

  • Driving Licence (including Light Good Vehicle).
  • Computer Skills.
  • (li>Domestic Appliance Servicing.

Discretionary Grants :

  • Up to 50% (excluding Value Added Tax).
  • Maximum grant value £ 1,000.

Comments :

  • Applicants should have offer of job, or
  • Be in process of becoming self-employed.

Case Studies :

The picture shows Grant Chisholm from Gretna under instruction on a Rear Dump Truck (over 10 tonnes) at the Sibbalds Training Centre in West Lothian.

Also see : Damhead Boarding Kennels, in which training was combined with a MEGABITE Information Technology Enhancement project.

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