A training initiative funded by Muirhall Energy’s proposed Caplich Wind Farm has recently concluded, with over 40 local people in the Lairg, Ardgay and Creich areas benefitting from the programmes being offered. The £8,000 fund was administered by the Lairg and District Learning Centre for training programmes across the three Community Council areas.

The programmes included chainsaw training, food hygiene certificates, trailer training, jog leading, bicycle maintenance, energy assessment and first aid. Those who completed the chainsaw training courses received Lantra certificates in Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, felling and processing trees. Attendees of the Food Hygiene training courses included individuals intending to start a new business (B&B), and working for local businesses including the Oykel Bridge Hotel. First Aid training was attended by 8 community members from both local businesses and voluntary organisations.

Many people secured training which will continue to help the community, and in one instance, the chainsaw training enabled and directly led to a local resident gaining permanent employment with the Forestry Commission.

Peter Marshall of Muirhall Energy said:

“We are delighted with the success of the training initiative and the benefits that this will bring to the communities. Muirhall would like to thank all those who have delivered and participated in the programmes and in particular, Jane Dixon and Directors of Lairg and District Learning Centre, whose cumulative efforts over the past 18 months have ensured the remarkable success of the programmes in benefitting such a large group of local residents”.

Anne Morrison, one of the Directors of Lairg and District Learning Centre, commented on the success of the Caplich project:

” We are very grateful to the Caplich fund for supporting the learning centre and the Community Councils of Lairg, Ardgay and Creich in offering targeted training for local people where it is most needed – in the heart of the local community.

“Training linked to current and future employment opportunities is vital for the local economy, and that is exactly what the Caplich project helped us to achieve.”

14th August 2017