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 February 2018 the Project was in full swing and exceeding its targets in terms of numbers of trainees worked with: 46 trainees had been recruited - the target being 32 for this stage in the Project’s life. 22 had now left the Project with a range of fantastic positive outcomes having been achieved for most of them:  4 have returned to education; 1 is in paid work (and others are currently applying for jobs or on work trials); 8 are now undertaking regular voluntary work; 3 more have gained new, work related, skills and 8 have reported increased confidence and self-esteem.

Just before Christmas 3 trainees achieved their Sports Leader Award (with support from the Project) and several others are currently being supported to allow them to undertake external training courses including ECDL, and the Highland Wildlife Park's ZEST programme.

Get Fit for Work courses were still running in Aviemore, Grantown and Kingussie and courses in Mindfulness, Computing Skills, Video Skills and Graphic Art were continuing.

EVENTS: The Project holds a weekly drop in/outreach event in Aviemore in partnership with High Life Highland.