Youth Advisory Group video is a milestone for Countryside Learning Scotland

When members of Countryside Learning Scotland’s Youth Advisory Group (YAG) join Bell Ingram on our Royal Highland Show stand this summer, it will be a milestone moment in the drive to nurture Scotland’s future countryside custodians.

Despite the pandemic, this select group of young people have been pressing ahead with their project to create a special video to increase awareness in secondary schools of training and careers in the rural sector.

The group is currently putting the finishing touches to the film, which will be ready to view in time for the 2022 Royal Highland Show.

David Ritchie, CLS Youth Advisory Group’s Project Manager, said: “The film covers the results of a questionnaire looking at barriers to countryside learning and the opportunities for land-based careers and it’s filmed and presented by YAG members themselves.”

Mark Mitchell, Bell Ingram Managing Partner, added: “I am delighted to support YAG and looking forward to welcoming them to Ingliston and learning more about the video and their wider remit to help define the future direction of the charity.”

Based in Perthshire, Countryside Learning Scotland is an education charity formed in 2003 to meet the need for outdoor learning in primarily secondary schools.

Ian Robertson, CLS Executive Director, said: “We encompass all areas of the countryside, from recreation to the environment and traditional land uses, helping to sustain Scotland’s countryside through education and providing opportunity for people from all backgrounds and abilities.

“We do this by increasing rural opportunity awareness through outreach events and teacher training and by partnership building and rural business training in the local community. Teachers become our 'countryside champions' and businesses learn to engage with their next generation of employees.

“For young people we build a progressive programme of awareness, residential and work experience events and support them transition from school to work.”

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Article posted on 15/02/2022

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