Rural courses on offer

The Carrick Rural Opportunities Project (CROP)is offering further courses in the coming weeks.

CROP has been set up by Ailsa Horizons to provide support to residents and employers in these challenging economic times.

Ailsa Horizons have a range of assistance to help individuals overcome barriers to employment,including training to improve their skills, gain work experience or overcome individual barriers to work or learning.

Since the project started Ailsa Horizons has ran courses in construction and forklift truck driving. The most successful part of the project has been the Individual Progression Fund (IPF)

Access to IPF is by referral only through the following agencies; Access to Employment, STEP, Skills Development Scotland and South Ayrshire Council’s Community Learning and Development.

More than 20 individuals have been successful in their applications to IPF which has provided funding for travel costs until college bursaries became available.

- Food hygiene and personal license training.

- Certificates required for employment such as CSCS and CPC cards, Security Industry Licences and Digital Tachograph Drivers Cards and also PVG checks.

Ailsa Horizons is working with South Ayrshire Council, Job Centre Plus, STEP, Access to Employment, and Skills Development Scotland to deliver CROP.

Ailsa Horizons wouldlike to thank their sponsors Carrick Futures and Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund as well as South Ayrshire Council. CROP is set to run until August 2014 so do get in touch with Ailsa Horizons to see how they can help.