Regional outreach programme

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The CLS Pathways to Rural Work Outreach Programme provides a diverse range of Countryside day events that support learning in the rural environment. These events vary from school careers days, hands on learning experiences and classroom speakers  to facilitating placements across all aspects of rural life, helping with transition from school to further education and work. Providing information and training for educators to help improve rural knowledge and increase confidence to deliver rural issues is also a key aspect of this programme. 

The programme is designed to deliver progressive opportunities throughout a young persons late primary and secondary schooling based around the creation of partnership clusters within a geographical region. Cluster hubs may be a rural estate, residential facility, college or outdoor centre depending on the current structure within the region. Cluster partners around this hub can be any organisation, centre or facility that has an interest in education in the rural environment from Recreation adventure to land management or conservation. 

This initiative works hand in hand with the P2RW Residential programme where pupils who wish to follow on from day events and learn more about the countryside, training and career opportunities can engage for a longer period  and begin their path into an further education and an outdoor career.

P2RW Explained

Pupils learning about estate maintenance PPE

Dundee and Angus educators rural careers day Invermark Estate

S4 pupils in the larder during a rural business studies visit to Winston Churchill venison

Current Initiatives

Tayside - over the last two years we have been piloting the P2RW initiative in the Dundee and Angus area and have now created a cluster hub at Strathmore and Glamis estates directly engaging Websters HS Kirremuir, St Pauls HS  Dundee and Blairgowrie HS. We have also been promoting rural skills and careers around the area at various school careers events including Dundee, Arbroath and Carnoustie. Pupils from the area that had been involved in the classrorm speeker events and careers events at Glamis Estate were booked to attend the CLS countryside awareness residential week at the Shieling Project  near Inverness. Unfortunately this week had to be postponed due to the Corona Virus.

Cairngorms - We are currently in talks with the Cairngorms National Park Authority with a view to setting up the initiative in the Caringorms area. This has also been put on hold due to Corona Virus although planning will continue throughout the isolation period.

Loch Lomond - We have also had early discussions with partners in the Loch Lomond area which we will continue to build on.

Helen Buchanan Glamis castle  manager explains hospitality careers to St Pauls pupils 

St Pauls Pupil tasting fresh veg and edible flowers in the Glamis Castle gardens

Battleby House, Redgorton

Perth, PH1 3EW

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