Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Education Award
With our Helping It Happen Awards Dinner & Ceremony just around the corner, we’re taking a look at each of our finalist here on our blog. Our Awards tell the story of those rural business who are playing a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas. Each of the finalists in the Education category are certainly leading the way in reaching out to future generations to pass on key rural skills. This category is kindly sponsored by Lycetts.
Welcoming over 8000 participants from schools across Scotland, Dumfries House in Ayrshire helps youngsters develop their confidence, whilst also offering training in real-life skills to help open up future employment opportunities. The estate is home to a diverse portfolio of education centres offering a range of hands-on, experiential workshops which are based around outdoor activity, science, engineering, healthy eating, hospitality, sewing and textiles, farming, horticulture and food education. Their passion about engaging learners with the outdoors and promoting all that rural Scotland has to offer shines through in all that they do.
Centre for Stewardship, Falkland Estate
The Centre for Stewardship, based on Falkland Estate, is passionate about building young people’s skills in the rural sector to help them develop, care and manage their local landscape and environment. The centre runs a range of learning programs around its key themes of wood, food and craft. The ‘Our Bright Future’ programme offers three different levels of activity, from projects in gardening and conservation, to the exploration of self-employment in the rural sector. This innovative and exciting partnership program is helping young people develop skills that they can take forward into employment, providing them with hope for a bright future.
Breadalbane Academy is an all-through school in rural Perthshire with a focus on developing key skills for learning, life and work. They have an innovative approach to ensure their pupils have the skills required to work in the rural sector, including utilising partnerships with local businesses to add value to their curriculum. To reflect the recognition that in their catchment area there are almost twice as many self-employed people than in the City of Perth, one such partnership with Business Gateway and GrowBiz enables pupils to set up their own company, Birks Bag Company, while in Primary 6. Breadalbane Academy attribute increased attainment levels to their focus on outdoor education and have exciting plans for the future.
Fenton Barns Nursery
With a focus on outdoor learning, Fenton Barns Nursery is leading the way in encouraging a healthy lifestyle, educating on the benefits of being outdoors and helping their youngsters grow up with nature. On a typical morning, the children will come rushing in to wolf down their home made breakfast, and head straight back outside into the extensive nursery garden. Fenton Barnes places particular emphasis on the recruitment and retention of excellent quality local staff who are specially trained for the outdoor learning approach. They encourage learning through natural curiosity, communication, problem solving, building relationships, questioning and creativity.
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