The Caberfeidh Horizons Transition & Training Project began in early Spring 2017 with the aim of offering more training, jobs and employment opportunities and personal development for young people and adults living in the Cairngorms National Park area. Part funded by Caberfeidh Horizons and part by the Scottish Government and the European Community (Cairngorms Local Action Group) LEADER 2014-2020 Programme for an initial 2 years (though we hope to find ways to continue the work after that) the Project aims to work with 70 individuals, offering them development opportunities that they would not otherwise have had.

The Project has two parts: Transition and Employability and Training. Our Transition and Employability Officer, Jen Barrett, recruits, trains and organises work placements for young people facing the transition from school to work i.e. those in the 15-24 age group who do not yet have a positive destination of either work or further education. Email: Tel. 07754 445134

Our Training Officer, Paul Jarvis, offers training and work experience for young people and adults with additional support needs: these include learning disabilities, mental health problems and the long term unemployed. Email: Tel. 07754 445136 The Project is supported by an Administration Officer (Alison Saunders Email: and by “in kind” donations of time and expertise from more than forty volunteers from the local community.

PROJECT UPDATE: By the end of November 2017 the Project was well established and had recruited 36 trainees in total. 12 had now left the Project, 3 are attending college courses, 1 is in paid work, 4 are undertaking regular voluntary work and the remaining 4 report increased confidence and self esteem. Get Fit for Work courses were still running in Aviemore, Grantown and Kingussie. Courses in Mindfulness and Computing Skills had began and trainees were being supported to undertake several external training courses including ECDL, Sports Leader Award and the Highland Wildlife Park's ZEST programme.

EVENTS: The Project completed the series of outreach events in Grantown on Spey and moved on to Aviemore, holding a weekly drop in/outreach event in partnership with High Life Highland.