Working with Arrans Young People in the land based Sector

Green Futures Arran CIC is a registered Scottish social enterprise and work-based learning provider that employs and provides vocational training for young people aged 16-24 on the Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire. 

We began trading in January 2019 in response to a direct local need: to support young people who leave school with low or no qualifications, poor attendance, have limited career options or who have not been able to find work on the island that is secure, sustainable or fulfilling. We offer apprenticeships and employment and training programmes in land management, rural skills and horticulture.  Our team leaders are Lantra qualified trainers and offer the highest standards of tuition for our land based learners.  Working with our college partners we teach SQA Rural Skills, and Lantra accredited short courses in brush-cutting, pesticide application as well as a number of other industry relevant qualifications such offering Emergency First Aid, driving lessons and personal development courses.  Increasing maths and literacy is also one the key parts of our employment programmes.

 

Operating as a grounds maintenance, landscaping and land management business we offer services in garden design, build and maintenance, fencing, path and estate works and nature conservation.  In addition we also deliver horticultural therapy, health and well-being volunteer sessions for the wider Arran community, and outdoor education for school groups.  

Green Futures aims to build partnership with a wide range of organisations on Arran, especially local business's, social enterprises and charities, farmers and community  groups. Working with others makes our job more enjoyable and successful.

 

We are very grateful for essential Start Up funding from Firstport, help from North Ayrshire council for trainee salary costs and Big issue Invest for generous support in purchasing a vehicle and tools.  Thank you.

Our employment and skills training programmes are driven by one overarching aim: That each and every young person we work with develops the individual qualities, skills, and aspirations  to move towards securing fulfilling employment at the end of their time with us.  Helping young people to overcome the pressure and difficulties of finding work shapes how Green Futures work approach vocational training.

We look forward to watching you grow.

Our Story

Our Young people 

Kieran was our first trainee and started working with us in January 2019.  Aged 22 he had previously worked as a volunteer  with Whiting Bay Golf Club and as a National Trust ranger at Brodick castle. In 2017 he was offered a paid but temporary post at the Arran Community Land Initiative as a gardener where he received training and support.  Kieran had struggled to find a long term role before this.  Joining Green Futures, he continued to develop his skills, experience, confidence and proved himself to be a competent and exceptional trainee.  The employability support, skills training and work experience he was offered saw him successfully move into full time employment in July 2019 as a Grounds Maintenance operative with North Ayrshire Council.  We are delighted for him and very proud of his achievements.

Our Mission

Green Futures Arran is a social enterprise that aims to improve their employment skills and life chances of young people aged 16-24 who face barriers to work across Arran and North Ayrshire. 

 
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Our Promises to Young people

We promise to:

  • Celebrate success, build confidence and help young people identify and achieve clear goals.

  • Offer first-rate apprenticeships and training programmes that promote participation and progression

  • Tailor our provision and services to the needs of local industry and businesses.

  • Treat young people as adults, believe in their potential and provide real in-work support and encouragement.

  • Give and expect respect.

  • Enable young people to contribute towards enhancing Arran's natural environment.

  • Keep our word, act on our promises and promote trust within our young people.

  • Place individual need at the heart of our decision making and adhere to a commitment to fairness, inclusion, non-judgement, diversity and equality for all in our recruitment and approach.

  • Ensure safe working practice forms the framework for learning every day.

  • Provide regular appraisals, development reviews and the highest level of support, guidance and care.

  • Encourage and nurture a practical yet sensitive approach to managing land and to encourage others to do the same.

  • Respect confidentiality and the power of peer pressure on young lives.

  • Where possible aspire to being a carbon neutral organisation

  • Offer a mentoring approach in order to support young people to find their individual pathway towards employment and make life decisions.

  • Be inclusive in decision making and offer every young person the chance to say how the organisation operates.