Angus College has almost completed its first biofuel academy run in conjunction with Angus Council’s Towards Employment team.
Nine students are approaching the end of a 10-week programme of tuition in skills such as fencing, tractor driving, drainage, welding, first aid and the highly sought after skill of chainsaw training and assessment.
The course was created in response to industry demands, in particular from Angus Biofuels managing director, Bill Watson.
He said: “There is a growing need for people trained in countryside skills that can cope with the varied requirements of the biofuel industry. To date there has been quite a skills gap but this course is great news for businesses like mine, who need qualified and skilled workers.”
And course leader, Stuart Young added: “This is a tremendous opportunity for these people to get out into the workplace. They’ve gelled really well and appear to be enjoying the variety of tasks we’ve put in front of them.”
The course has been supported by Energy Utility Skills, Angus Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Angus Council’s economic development spokesperson, Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “This is another good example of how Angus Council’s Toward Employment team and partners are working well together to meet the need of local industry while providing local people with skills.”