OATS is committed to training and maintaining a skilled and dedicated workforce to ensure outdoor access infrastructure projects and nature conservation can be delivered year on year.
We are a Scottish Qualification Authority Approved Centre – just like a college or other trainer – and we provide training leading to the SVQ in Environmental Conservation at Levels 2 and 3 for people interested in working in the practical conservation and upland path construction industry.
There are two ways we provide training – on our own schemes, and for other organisations.
We are currently part-way through taking six people to SVQ level 3, to enable them to be effective team leaders and mangers of path-building and other environmental schemes.
We have just completed delivery of SVQ training to level 2 for six trainees on a path-building scheme on MacGillicuddy’s Reeks in Ireland.
Our biggest training effort over the last five years has been through The Mountains and The People (TMPTP), our £5m+ path-building scheme for Scotland’s two national parks. A total of 38 people took part in the programme leading to SVQ level 2 qualification. Many of those who took part subsequently took up roles with contractors working on the project, which was one of the objectives of the scheme.
Our practical conservation training includes upland and lowland path work, fencing, dyking, habitat management, surveying, health and safety, first aid, mountain awareness, environmental good practice, team working and communication skills.
It also includes work-experience placements and talks from related organisations which provide a wider context to the practical training provided.
Our next in-house training offering will be as part of up-coming projects currently under discussion. For further information about our training or to be kept up to date on places we may have to offer, email [email protected]
For a first-hand account of life as a trainee check out The Mountains and Me blog produced by Gill Walker, one of our 2016 Lomond trainees and have a look at the video below made under our old name, Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.