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Providing positive destinations for Young People within the environmental and land-based sector

Across Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers deliver programmes that provide young people with training, qualifications and work experience to develop the skills and confidence that enable them to gain and maintain employment, particularly within the environmental and land-based sector.

What can TCV Scotland offer young people?

The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959. We believe that looking after green places isn’t just about caring for nature – it’s about caring for people as well.  Our volunteers care for thousands of local green places throughout the UK and in doing so improve their own wellbeing, develop new skills and make their local community a better place to live in.

Across the UK we support around 20,000 individuals on work-based skills development programmes. Through participating in TCV programmes, young people come away with meaningful skills that can overcome barriers and access to employment and social enterprise.

TCV provides “green classrooms” that offer new opportunities for the young people we engage, particularly those who have struggled to gain the confidence and skills needed for the employment market

TCV Scotland’s work with Young People

TCV has delivered training for young people across Scotland for over 15 years. Our main accredited learning and training programme is Get Some Credit.  We also work in partnership to create exciting youth learning programmes.  We are currently working with Falkirk Council to run The Jupiter Experience and we are working in partnership with East Lothian Council and Strive Adventure to run Coastal Communities Traineeships.  We also have a long-term partnership with The Scottish Waterways Trust, delivering the Green Action youth programme.

Delivering employability for Young People in your area

TCV Scotland supports young people to gain the confidence, skills and experience they need to gain employment in the environment and land-based sectors. Through our connections to the green sector, we can provide tailored training and experience that responds to different young people’s needs.

Opportunities we can provide to boost young people’s employability include:

  • 16-week to 12-month training programmes, including tailored 1:1 and group mentoring
  • Work experience in conservation and horticulture and community learning and development
  • Accredited bespoke training link to accredited learning through TCV Scotland’s Employability in the Outdoors Award SCQF Level 4, Steps to Work SCQF Level 2-4, Volunteering Skills Award SCQF Level 5 and other qualifications such as First Aid at Work, Lantra Certificated, Brushcutters, Woodchippers and Pesticides, NPTC Chainsaw, Youth Achievement Awards and the John Muir Award
  • Green Employer Days matching up employers with live jobs to young people who can fill them, with ongoing TCV mentorship as needed.

All our programmes are adapted to meet the bespoke needs of each client, and can operate at different stages of the Employability Pipeline and help move people forward along the Pipeline. TCV Scotland will negotiate competitive prices, or work in partnership to secure funding to support these services.


For further information about opportunities in your area, please get in touch:

David Alcorn, Skills Development Officer

TCV in Scotland
The Granary
44 Mortonhall Gate
EH16 6TJ

Tel: 0131 664 6170
Mobile: 07917 436484