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New Rural Skills and Careers Films Star in Park Premiere

Two new films exploring the skills and careers that are vital to local communities and the rural economy in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (LL&TTNP) were recently premièred by the Skills Partnership in Balloch (Wednesday, 11 February) ahead of being distributed to schools and careers services across Scotland. 

The films are available online:www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/skills-partnership-2/skills-videos/     

Young people and employers who live, learn and work in and around the National Park are the ‘stars’ of the films.

The event also introduced a new Big Lottery Young Start-funded project called ‘Park Previews’, which will see the Skills Partnership working with partners to promote meaningful work experience opportunities across the National Park in 2015.

Lantra’s Rural Skills film, sponsored by Historic Scotland and the Skills Partnership, follows a group of six unemployed young men for a week with Luss Estates as they explore the diverse range of jobs in the countryside, including dry-stane dyking with Master Craftsman, Jim Hanson.

Rural Skills Week was organised in partnership with Iain Wilkinson, Rural Business Manager for Luss Estates, who places great importance on informing young people about rural career opportunities both to safeguard rural skills and ensure there are adequate resources to preserve and enhance the natural heritage.

The 10-minute film by Paul Saunders, was made to encourage young people across Scotland to take up careers in the land-based sector, such as environmental conservation, estate management, sheep farming, traditional building crafts, renewable energy, horticulture, tourism, fencing and many more.

An Activity Tourism film, created by Microfilm Scotland for the Skills Partnership and supported by Scotland’s Rural College, uses stunning images, outdoor activities and interviews to highlight that working in the National Park can be an exciting outdoor career choice.

In the four-minute film, local secondary school pupils from around the National Park learn more about the skills needed in activity tourism, including business management, communication, interpersonal skills, hospitality, kayaking, canyoning, archery, wildlife watching and heritage interpretation.

The Skills Partnership is managed and delivered by the Community Partnership, a grassroots charity representing community views and supporting the sustainable development of the 22 communities across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Kate Sankey, Vice Chair of the Community Partnership said:

“Producing these films has been a partnership process that reflects the vitality of our communities and shows how important it is for all of us to encourage the aspirations of our young people. 

“The films will be distributed to local schools and career services with the aim of encouraging young people to think seriously about their futures – hopefully in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park!”

The launch of the two new films and the Park Previews project come at a time when the Scottish Government is prioritising work-relevant, educational experience for young people to help create a society in which poverty can be eradicated and all individuals can fulfil their potential.

Tom Wallace, Community Partnership Development Manager said:

“Thanks to all the partners involved in the films, and to Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park for funding the Skills Partnership in 2013/4. Thanks also to the Big Lottery’s Young Start programme and the National Park for funding the new ‘Park Previews’ project.”

For more information about the Park Previews project, please contact the Skills Partnership on 01389 722 645.

Note to Editors

Interviews can be arranged with some of the young people involved.   

Stills from the films showing young people engaging in rural skills and activity tourism are available on request.

Media enquiries

Nancy McLardie, PR & Media Manager, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, nancy.mclardie@lochlomond-trossachs.org mobile: 07834 334108; Fiona Jackson, Skills Partnership, Fiona.jackson@lochlomond-trossachs.org mobile: 07747504144 or Fran Crumley on 01389 722 645

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