Jobs aren’t just for the boys

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Green ‘Angels’ are learning outdoor skills to help land a job.

The hands-on experience could prove invaluable as they hunt for work, but it’s also helping conservation and landscaping projects along Scotland’s canals, including at The Falkirk Wheel.

Scottish Waterways Trust has been running its Green Action courses for men and women aged 16-25 since 2009 with over 200 already taking part.

However, last month the first all-female group began and was quickly dubbed Green Action Angels.

Participants will be able to earn awards and certificates, including the Saltire Volunteering Award and John Muir Award. They will also be helped to prepare CVs and look for employment.

Alan Forester, Green Action co-ordinator, said: “This is the fourth programme at The Falkirk Wheel and it’s wonderful to start this year with two courses, our highly successful Green Action programme and our very first Green Action Angels course.

“To date, we have seen a number of females taking part but far more men. So we have designed a course which offers as many skills and new competencies but is tailored for young female volunteers.”

The two new courses at The Wheel have been funded by the Forestry Commission Scotland, working on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Joneen Clarke, employment skills manager with the Forestry Commission said: “Trainees are taught forestry and employability skills while carrying out forest maintenance tasks that are helpful to us and the communities in which they live.

“The feedback from residents about the work of volunteers has been wonderful and demonstrates the impact these programmes are having.”

To find out more about Green Action Angels call Alan Forester on 07768951750.

There are also seasonal vacancies at The Falkirk Wheel for March to October in catering, retail, boat crew and site maintenance. Send a CV and covering letter to hr.queries@scottishcanals.co.uk.