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The Mountains & The People

This week the first of this year’s trainees started work on The Mountains and The People project, learning practical conservation skills which they will use to help conserve some of our nation’s most fragile upland habitats.  As anticipated interest in thee paid s month training opportunities was very high with the eight trainees were selected from over 120 applications, 50 of which were invited to a practical assessment day before the successful team was identified.  The trainees first week has been filled with core skills in health and safety, first aid and risk assessment before being introduced to the mountains which will become their home for the next six months.

Tom Wallace, Activity Programme Manager for the Mountains and The People said, ‘ We are really impressed with the enthusiasm that the candidates have brought to their first week at work, this positive, can do, attitude will serve them well as they embark on what will be a physically and mentally demanding, yet highly rewarding, time in the mountains. It is also great to see that we have attracted candidates from the local area, with trainees from Drymen, Renton, Clydebank and Balloch.  Former Balfron resident Gill Walker is the one female on the course however, as you can read in her blog, she is determined to prove that this is an industry for all.  Gill Writes ‘..So yes, that makes me the only women of the group, and I am ready to crush all gender stereotypes that come my way!..’

The trainees will now embark on completing their SVQ level 2 in Environmental Conservation, spending time getting to know the different aspects of the course, meeting people working across the sector and most importantly getting to grips with the practical skills required to work in some of the country’s most challenging yet inspiring locations.

Left to Right: Jack Baker, Fraser Mclaughlin, Gill Walker, Ross Meldrum, Kieran Fogarty, Ryan Hamilton, Rory Paterson, Stephen Brown, Jake Marshall.

Left to Right: Jack Baker, Fraser Mclaughlin, Gill Walker, Ross Meldrum, Kieran Fogarty, Ryan Hamilton, Rory Paterson, Stephen Brown, Jake Marshall.

The Mountains and The People is a 5 year project working across both of Scotland’s National Parks, led by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from both National Park Authorities, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  bringing together training, volunteering education and contract work to tackle the impacts of recreational access on our most iconic mountain paths.  The work will improve over 125 km of paths whist offering over 1000 days of volunteering opportunities and training 36 individuals the opportunity to gains valuable skills and qualifications for work in the conservation sector.

Our training course in Cairngorms will start in June this year and we will be recruiting for a further 14 trainees across both National Parks in January 2017.  To keep up to date on opportunities to get involved the check out our website at or find us on social media @tmtp1520 or on Facebook.