Drop-in sessions for Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund
MONEY from a local wind farm community fund is to be made available to help individuals increase their chances of getting a job.
Now open for applications, the Bad á Cheò Wind Farm Community Fund, valued at £133,250 a year, will enable the funding of local community projects as well as bursaries to access training and education opportunities for individuals living within the community council areas of Latheron, Lybster and Clyth, Halkirk District and Watten.
A number of drop-in sessions will take place to enable residents to find out more about accessing the fund, the first of which will take place this afternoon (Thursday, September 26) in Watten Hall from 3pm to 6pm.
Representatives from Foundation Scotland, which manages the fund, will be on hand to discuss the opportunities available.
Katy Woodington, innogy Renewables UK’s community investment manager, said: “During the Caithness Conversations held in 2013, and subsequent discussions with community council representatives, many residents have highlighted the need for locals to have access to bursaries to fund education and training that could provide them with the range of skills required to enter into or retain employment in key sectors in Caithness.
This scheme will hopefully give people a helping hand who are planning to do a course or undertake some training.
“This innovative approach provides an opportunity for both the local community and potentially the wider area to benefit from this significant investment.”
Caithness-based Foundation Scotland development manager Eilidh Coll, said: “This scheme will hopefully give people a helping hand who are planning to do a course or undertake some training. It could help people improve their life chances and potentially help them gain new or different employment."
Following on from the Watten meeting, drop-in sessions will be held in Scotscalder Hall on Tuesday, October 1, from 4pm to 7pm, and Latheron Hall on Wednesday, October 2, from 3pm to 6pm. More sessions will be arranged in the coming months.