The Skills for Work National 4 Rural Skills course gives young people the opportunity to experience a range of different activities and roles involved in land-based industries. It is an ideal course for young people in S3-S6 who have an interest in rural industries and would like to gain the skills required to progress into employment within this sector. Throughout the year long course a range of different topics are covered such as crop production, soft landscaping and employability skills for land-based industries. Young people will have the opportunity to visit a range of industries in the local area such as Swanswater Fishery, Craigie's Farm and work with the Forestry Commission at Beecraigs Country Park. During the planting and harvesting season (January to October) young people will work onsite at the Skills Centre to produce a variety of fruit and vegetable which they will then sell in Veg Boxes to the surrounding area as part of their enterprise project.
After successfully completing the yearlong programme young people will gain a Skills for Work Rural skills National 4 qualification which is accredited by the SQA.
After successfully completing the Rural Skills National 4 programme young people will be able to either process into employment within a land-based industry or attend SRUC and study a range of courses such as Land-based Engineering Agriculture SVQ, Land-based Studies Certificate or Horticulture with Landscape Construction.