Growing job prospects in Midlothian

A new Rural Skills course at Dalkeith’s Newbattle Abbey College is helping to tackle unemployment.

The 20-week practical course enables students to develop skills including tree and shrub planting, ground preparation, drainage and hard and soft landscaping.

Fifty percent of the course consists of work experience with Forestry Commission Scotland.

It also offers progression into specialist courses in colleges elsewhere in Scotland.

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