The item was introduced by the Area Council Manager. Members were made aware of the outcome of the recent monitoring meeting with Growforest regarding the Countryside Skills Training commission. It was noted that 16 learners had now achieved a LANTRA Level 1 qualification in dry stone walling, and that 10 further trainees were due to take the test in December, 2015.
A number of case studies were considered and those present praised the impact the commission had on the lives of participants. It was acknowledged that only a small number of participants perceived countryside skills as a viable enterprise, and perhaps more support to provide the skills to become self employed was required.
With regards to the Clean and Tidy Commission, it was noted that delivery had now commenced, with two staff and one apprentice to be employed by the service. A number of ideas to engage volunteers had been developed and it was agreed to circulate details about these arrangements to Councillors when they became available.
Members heard how two proposals submitted to the Working Together Fund had now proceeded to be further developed into second stage applications. The meeting was reminded that the fund was still open for applications.
RESOLVED that the update on the delivery of commissions and the financial position of the Area Council commissioning budget for 2015/16 and 2016/17 be noted.