Through a variety of training programmes within the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN), Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is providing over 200 young people with practical skills and experience in order to positively influence their level of future employability.

Finance Secretary John Swinney has been meeting some of the young people benefiting from one of our funding partners, FCS’s, employment programmes delivered by the Wise Group.


Mr Swinney spent some time with Wise Group trainees who are gaining valuable employability skills and experience by helping to improve one of Scotland’s main cycle routes near Uddingston in South Lanarkshire.

The young people are involved in strimming, tree thinning and pruning to help make the access route a more open and attractive place to use.

Once the project is complete, the trainees will have qualifications in Health and Safety, tool operation and other industry related practices, allowing them to further their education whilst gaining experience in the workplace.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board, said: “At CSGN we are committed to playing our part in helping to tackle the issues around youth unemployment.

“This programme offers candidates a real opportunity to acquire valuable skills and experience that will stand them in good stead to secure more permanent employment and we plan to continue with more projects of this kind as we move through 2012.”