Forth Environment Link is inviting applications from anyone interested in studying for an ILM Level 2 in Exploring Business Enterprise course.

The course, run in conjunction with SRUC Elmwood Campus in Fife, will look at opportunities for setting up a new business, or diversifying an existing business relating to orchards and orchard fruit.  It is open to anyone in the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk or Stirling Local Authority areas, but we would also welcome applications from people in the Central Scotland Green Network area.

The course, which is a project of the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative, is a contribution towards developing the economic potential of Forth Valley’s orchards, and aims to offer individuals the opportunity to explore enterprise – its purpose, functions and operations, and recognise the basic personal knowledge and skills required to work effectively and successfully within an enterprise. It is important to note that the focus of the course will be on exploring business rather than specifically on orchards.

The course syllabus is available from

There will be two units: M2.21 Enterprise awareness, which will be assessed by a Work-Based Assignment; and E2.06 Implications of working within an enterprise, assessed by keeping a Reflective Log. There will be a 2-hour induction, 34 hours of guided learning, plus 2 hours of tutor support. The tutor for the course will be David Rankin, Training Associate at SRUC Elmwood Campus.

The course will start on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 (Induction) from 6.00 – 9.00 pm, and the taught section of the award will start on Wednesday 5 December 2012, from 6.00 – 9.00 pm at the offices of Forth Environment Link, Earlsgate House, St Ninian’s Road, Stirling, FK8 2HE. Further meeting dates will be on Wednesdays on: 19th December 2012; 9th, 16th, 23th & 30th January 2013.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 6 November 2012.

Eight places are available, and participants are required to contribute £100 towards course costs.

If you are funding this £100 yourself, you may be eligible for financial support from SDS Individual Learning Accounts, with whom the course is registered. Applicants are encouraged to visit the ILA Scotland website to check eligibility and request an application pack.

The course is part-funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2012.

If you are interested in receiving more information about the course, please contact Diane Alderdice, Project Co-ordinator (Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative), Forth Environment Link, Earlsgate House, St Ninian’s Road, Stirling, FK8 2HE, phone: 01786 449215, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or apply online at