The Coalfields Worx Programme, which helps young people living in communities still affected by the closure in 2016 of the Longannet power plant find employment, is back in action as coronavirus lockdown limitations are eased.
Young people taking part in the initiative, a partnership between the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) and the Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), have returned on a phased programme of work in Kincardine.
The group is also celebrating the news that one of its trainees, Cameron Skelton (21) from High Valleyfield in Fife, has secured a full-time job with Fife Council in its environmental services department.
The Coalfields Worx team have all the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are adhering to social distance measures while carrying out their duties. Members of the team are splitting shifts to continue their training and work in Kincardine.
The young people have undergone some additional training and are pleased to be back in the village to continue their work improving and maintaining outdoor spaces.
The Coalfields Worx Programme offers paid training, with participants undertaking a range of environmental maintenance jobs, coupled with skills and qualification development and support to move into employment, education or training. CRT is the primary funder, with Community Job Scotland and Fife Council also making a contribution.
Nicky Wilson, chair of CRT in Scotland, said: “It’s great seeing the young people taking part in the Coalfields Worx Programme back in Kincardine carrying out a range of tasks and gaining new skills. It’s good for both the community and for the young people to see the programme resume as lockdown eases. And we’re really pleased that one of the participants, Cameron, has secured full time employment with Fife Council.”
Cameron Skelton said: “Coalfields Worx has given me confidence in myself, I have been well supported and encouraged by all the staff. I have gained new qualifications and skills during my time at coalfields as well as new friends. Although it was a short time due to the pandemic I feel it has been invaluable and I appreciate the opportunity. Thank you Coalfields.”