Making Wood Work launches in Glasgow

By Published On: January 29, 2015Categories: Local news, Network news

Glasgow Wood Recycling is about to launch “Making Wood Work” – its first training and employment project, providing opportunities for 144 people, the first of its kind in Scotland! The launch will take place on Thursday 29th January at their premises at 739 South Street, and MSP Bill Kidd will be opening the event and launching the programme.

The new project has already created three new posts which we hope will be the first of many as we develop a wide range of partnerships with local employers to improve the employment prospects of trainees.

Delivering training designed and accredited by the National Community Wood Recycling Network, this award will help unemployed people learn woodworking skills, and learn about wood recycling and health and safety. The project aims to give unemployed people the skills, confidence and support to make progress towards employment.

Peter Lavelle, Chief Executive and Founder of Glasgow Wood Recycling said:

“The award is fantastic news and will mean we are able to provide a much higher degree of support to people trying to learn new skills and secure paid employment.  We know from our experience that people really want to learn and to combine this learning with some recognition and accreditation.  This award will make this much more of a reality for the many people we can now support.  We can now look forward to working with a wide range of individuals and employers and making an even greater social impact in our community.”

Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said:

“Our investing in communities programme aims to bring real and lasting improvements to people and communities most in need.  We are delighted to have awarded £426,509 to the Glasgow Wood Recycling Project for its new project in Scotland.  This will provide both hands-on training and also employment opportunities.  This social enterprise is able to draw on significant experience in helping people into employment, and this award will enable the group to bring a proven model to Scotland for the first time.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Making Wood Work Training programme please contact Eileen Hamill on 0141 237 8566 or send an email to