Murton Centre for Rural Skills

Overview

This project created the Murton Centre for Rural Skills to provide rural skills training opportunities and a network to enhance the skills base of the rural workforce locally. This provides courses that are accessible to everyone, and created an all weather educational space that became a centre for Rural Skills Training and became the hub from which to develop a vital network of trainers, local people, businesses and other interested parties involved in the rural economy and which depend on rural skills. A development officer also develops and builds connections to create the Angus Rural Skills Network, with an estate worker to support the training delivery and the network.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

The impact that the project has had on small and micro-businesses has been a big, and largely unanticipated, achievement. This has allowed small craftspeople to use the centre as a stepping stone towards becoming more sustainable businesses.

How has your project benefited your local area?

The project has had numerous benefits to the local area, much of which is documented in detail in the Impact Report for 2019. Some of the highlights from this report include:
– 16 local small and micro businesses being engaged in delivering the events programme.
– Many events being held including 40 learning courses, 25 engagement days and 12 full moon events attended by over 2000 people.
– In addition, over 100 young people were introduced to traditional skills through the educational programme.

What has been your biggest challenge?

One of the things that was planned was to replicate the Fife Rural Skills Partnership. This is a network of land owners/managers, suppliers, producers and craftspeople. Despite a lot of work going into developing this in Angus, introducing schools to landowners and encouraging people to make contacts, there is a distance to go before the formal network as exists in Fife can be replicated in Angus.
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Project name

Murton Centre for Rural Skills

Applicant name

The Murton Trust for Education and the Environment

Approved grant

£56,874.00

Fund now closed for further applications