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Corrour Trust named one of top organisations in Scotland for offering training opportunities to young people

Fort William based Wild Scotland member, Corrour Trust has been shortlisted in the Small Business category of the 2007 Edge Awards, which recognise organisations offering practical-learning opportunities for young people.

The organisation that managed the Corrour Estate has been recognised for its commitment to helping local youngsters to learn job-skills that will help both their careers and the future of the industry.

If successful the Trust will win £5,000 to invest in training. The Scottish winners will then go on to compete in the National Edge Awards for grants of up to £50,000.

And ghillie Steven Grant has reached the final four of the Edge Practical Learner Award which recognises young people who have excelled by learning on the job. The Practical Learner category carries a prize of £2,000.

Estate Administrator Jane Muirhead said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Edge Awards and to be recognised for our dedication to providing opportunities for young people.

“And it’s great to see Steven reach the final too – he’s put in so much hard work in the last three years.

“I hope more businesses and organisations will realise the benefits of practical, on-the-job learning and offer opportunities that will both help youngsters throughout their lives and help to address Scotland’s skills shortage.”

The Edge Awards are funded by Edge, an independent educational foundation which discovers and rewards employers and employees that offer and benefit from quality hands-on, practical learning opportunities. 

Edge is dedicated to raising the profile of vocational and practical hands-on learning, with a skills rather than an academic focus. It wants educational standards raised through applying practical experience to learning and providing opportunities to excel through vocational, as well as academic, studies. 

The winners of the regional awards will be announced on 20 August. Good luck to Corrour!

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