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ROOTS Edinburgh College recruiting now

1 March 2018

ROOTS is a practical based environmental course, run in partnership with Edinburgh College, Dunedin Canmore Youth Projects, Grow Stronger, Edinburgh Leisure and City of Edinburgh Council Vat Run. 

Participants will be enrolled as a student with Edinburgh College and will receive EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if eligible. 

Participants will work towards gaining their SCQF Level 4 Rural Skills qualification. This covers Soft Landscaping, Crop Production, Estate Maintenance, Conservation and Employability Skills for Land Based Industries. The Rural Skills qualification is mainly hands-on practical work. This will be carried out on various sites across the city e.g. Edinburgh Leisure Golf courses, Edinburgh City Council green spaces and Gracemount walled garden, allowing the participants to gain real and current experience within the industry. 

Working with professionals will give the participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of all aspects of the job, from physical/practical tasks to following health and safety procedures on sites. 

One to one support is also provided to ensure that young people complete any written paperwork needed to gain their qualification. 

Course details:

ROOTS is a 14 week programme, Thursday and Fridays, 9.30am - 4pm. The next programme starts Thursday 1 March.

What is provided?

Lunch will be provided and mini bus pick up points will be set to help with travel as we will be based on different sites. PPE will also be provided. 

This course is suitable for people who:

  • Are 16-25 years old
  • Are reliable
  • Are willing to learn and try new things
  • Can follow instruction
  • Have an interest in this industry
  • Can work as part of a team
  • Who enjoy practical work and are willing to work outdoors. 

For more information or to make a referral/apply, please contact Jennifer Scougall or Johnny Smith on: Jennifer.scougall@edinburghcollege.ac.uk | 07733 307 696 / 0131 477 2800 or Johnny.Smith@ea.edin.sch.uk | 07823 348 559.