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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Training fund opens

RESIDENTS in Johnstonebridge, Templand and Beattock can now apply to a new education and training pot.

Applications are being welcomed from locals for the Minnygap Education & Training Fund, which is linked to a local windfarm.

The scheme will provide financial support to enable local people to access further education and training, with the aim of improving opportunities and livelihoods in the three areas.

It will provide grants of up to £1500 to individuals to remove or help overcome financial barriers faced in acquiring new skills, knowledge and qualifications which will enable them to enter into, retain and enhance employment.

Lord David Johnstone, chair of Johnstonebridge Community Trust, said: “The three communities working together recognised that in light of the pandemic and all the difficulties associated with it, that there was liable to be people who have had to or wish a change in career, and we felt it could be helpful if we were able to provide support for any learning and developing of new skills that may be required.

“We encourage everyone who thinks it might be of benefit to please make use of the new fund.”

Foundation Scotland is administering the fund on behalf of the windfarm operator and community fund coordinator Sam Bramwell said: “The scheme will give people a helping hand who are planning to do a course or undertake some training. It could help people improve their life chances and gain new or different employment.”

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