About the Working with Rivers Training Placement Scheme
NatureScot secured National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) support from Skills Development Scotland to run the Working with Rivers training placement scheme. Working with Rivers offered funding to relevant organisations and businesses to provide paid placements of 12 weeks in duration. This allowed individuals to access training and high quality, on-the-job experience in working with rivers – particularly in river restoration, natural flood management, control of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and riparian woodland creation.
These learner-focused, paid placements were intended to help individuals to develop the skills required to move into employment in this sector. The placements increased capacity to deliver river restoration projects, and increase the available, skilled workforce within this nature-based sector.
19 training placements of 3 months in duration were supported by NatureScot and Skills Development Scotland, under the National Transition Training Fund. Below are a selection of blogs, articles and videos written by some of these placements.
Ayrshire Rivers Trust
Forth Rivers Trust:
Catchment Management Trainee blog by Ewan Malecki
Working with Rivers as a Wildlife Protection Trainee blog by Richard Harrow
Nature Watch: Young Salmon embark upon journey into the unknown The Courier nature column by Keith Bloomfield on Richard Harrow and team
'So you're the tree guy? Riverwoods Trainee blog by Graeme Duncan
Galloway Fisheries Trust
Working with Rivers Trainee - blog 1 by Vicky Johnson
Working with Rivers Trainee - blog 2 by Vicky Johnson
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Trainee Iiona Ganczarek's blog
Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries
Wester Ross Fisheries Trust
These placements have all come to an end. 19 training placements of 3 months in duration were supported by NatureScot and Skills Development Scotland, under the National Transition Training Fund
Working with Rivers Training Placement Scheme - Evaluation Report