Experience

Five Glens Consultancy is well placed to draw on a wide variety of experience including:

Review and Evaluation of Sustainable Agriculture Projects

Client: Soil Association Scotland

Five Glens was commissioned to undertake a review of 2 sustainable agriculture projects, which were funded by the Scottish Government and EU via the Scottish Rural Development Programme (2007-2013) Skills Development Scheme (SDS), with co-funding from industry bodies.

In particular, Five Glens:

  • provided an impartial insight into the projects’ progress for Soil Association Scotland, their funders and principal partners and stakeholders;
  • made recommendations based on evaluation and assessment for improving management and delivery systems for current and future projects, and
  • highlighted the projects’ success stories through a set of case studies.

Development of a Strategic Business Plan

Client – Pittarthie Farm Education Trust

The Pittarthie Farm Education Trust is a newly registered Fife based Scottish charity whose purpose is the advancement of education with the charitable objectives of “assisting local young people to access appropriate information in order to advance the education of such young people through the provision of opportunities to engage in environmental study, practice and teaching in order to develop their spiritual, mental and physical capacities and will enable them to improve the conditions of life”. Five Glens was appointed to produce a Strategic Business Plan which clearly outlines the overall direction, philosophy and purpose of the Education Trust.

Guided visit at Pittarthie Farm

Guided visit at Pittarthie Farm

Feasibility Study for Tourism Opportunities at Spireslack and Mainshill Wood Opencast Mines

Client – Scottish Mines Restoration Trust

Five Glens was part of the team commissioned to undertake a feasibility study into the development of tourism opportunities based on the redundant opencast coal sites at Spireslack (East Ayrshire) and Mainshill Wood (South Lanarkshire).

Tayside Rural Skills Audit

Client – Angus Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council

Working in association with GR Forestry Consultancy, Five Glens was appointed to carry out an audit which would identify current rural skills training opportunities in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross, identify future rural skills requirements, consider the possible career path of those receiving rural skills training, highlight potential qualification progression routes, explore challenges and opportunities in relation to rural skills training and identify examples of good practice and excellence.

Development of a Business and Action Plan

Client – Fife Rural Skills Partnership

Fife Rural Skills Partnership was established to promote and support the development of a skilled workforce to care, manage and make sustainable use of Fife’s woodland, farmland and rural landscape. Five Glens was commissioned to produce a Business and Action Plan which sets out the high level strategic aims and objectives based on the requirements of partners as well outlining specific actions, resources, responsibilities and timescales for delivery.

Scottish Land & Estates

As Regional Manager, Scott regularly represented Scottish Land & Estates on a variety of steering groups, forums and committees including: the Cairngorms Land Management Forum, Perth & Kinross Rural Forum, Fife Rural Skills Partnership, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs Skills Partnership, Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER, Fife Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (Fife PAW), Grampian Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (Grampian PAW) and in addition was Chairman of the Grampian PAW Education Subgroup and Chairman of Forth Valley Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Poaching and Coursing Group.

Rural Leadership Programme

Scott is a graduate of the Rural Leadership Programme (2011/12). Developed by Scottish Enterprise in 2006, this 6 month programme is aimed at those who are keen to play a role in shaping Scotland’s rural sector. The Programme involved a variety of group workshops, one-to-one coaching, some residential learning and improved communication skills. There were also study trips to the Scottish, British and European Parliaments.

SVQ Level 3 Estate Management at SCQF Level 6

Scott led the development of this vocational qualification which has been developed as a result of demand from the land-based sector.

SVQ Level 2 Estate Maintenance at SCQF Level 5

Five Glens is currently leading the development of this new vocational qualification which has been developed in partnership by Scottish Land & Estates and Rural Skills Scotland. It is anticipated that this new qualification will form a pathway for a proposed new Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills in 2016.

Grampian Regional Forestry Forum

Scott is a member of the forestry forum

Scott is a member of the forestry forum

As a Forum Member, Scott’s remit is to advise on the regional development and implementation of the Scottish Forestry Forum and building constructive links with local initiatives.