Skills and Training

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland are developing our training services and ‘offer’ to our communities in Scotland with a particular emphasis on skills and learning that will build on our current community empowerment initiatives. We will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens.

  • The Coalfields Regeneration School

Since establishing its Coalfields Community Challenge programme in 2011 to address the continuing issue of poor employment prospects in former coalfields areas, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has identified a significant element of Third Sector, community and voluntary organisations which maintain a reliance on grant funding. A lack of knowledge in key areas means that such organisations do not have the capacity to embrace the entrepreneurial culture which is currently shaping Scotland’s Third Sector, and are consequently unable to make the progression towards achieving sustainability. The Coalfields Regeneration School was designed to address those skills gaps which are an impediment to organisations long term sustainability. First delivered in 2012, the School comprises a series of wokshops, project visits and activities centred around topics of key importance to developing organisations. The School is delivered to a small number of participating groups who work together throughout, and for whom the programme can be specifically tailored. Topics covered in the 2014/15 School included leadership, roles and responsibilities, governance and structure, funding and finance, marketing, social media and presentation skills.

  • Sports Works

In 2016/17, 3 programmes were delivered involving 25 individuals from Clackmannanshire, Cumnock and Blantyre.  Each programme had 3 parts: Employability Training, Sports and Leisure opportunities, volunteering.  Thirteen took the volunteering option and successfully completed the SQA Level3 Volunteering Award.  For many this was their first and only formal education qualification beyond SCQF level 2.  The high success rate (100%) is due in part to the pastoral as well as academic support provided on an individual basis to leaners

Also 84.4% of participants made positive transitions at the end of each programme for example: as volunteers beyond their placement or into employment and only 2 did not secure a positive destination.

  • The Enterprise and Training Hub


  • The Coalfields Young Leaders Programme

CRT has helped 7 Youthbanks to develop; they build on young people’s skills and experiences to enable them to give cash for action, funding young people’s ideas for the benefit of the wider community.  While Youthbanks Scotland provide valuable support and training at the outset, a challenge for the young people on the local Youthbanks is long term sustainability including raising funds to maintain the flow of grants to local projects and groups.  CRT with the Social Enterprise Academy ran a pilot project for 12 young people from the Cowdenbeath Youthbanks.  They attended 2 weekends training sessions and completed assignments between times, learning about leadership, enterprise, innovation and creativity focused on how to make the Youthbanks more sustainable.

  • The Coalfields Parents into Work

In Fauldhouse, West Lothian we also ran a ‘Parents into Work’ programme which had 13 participants.  11 went on to gain jobs (8) or further education (3).  In total 26 SQA qualifications were gained by participants (volunteer awards/steps into work).

  • Volunteer Awards (SQA)

26 participants took part in 2 area based cohorts: Clackmannanshire and Prestonpans and 1 generic cohort with learners from Stirlingshire, Fife and South Lanarkshire.  Of these 25 achieved an SQA Volunteering Award, 4 at level 5 and 21 at level 3.  The programme was based solely on attaining the volunteering award. Overall the achievement rate was 97%.