Training

 
Ten trained Trimmer Operator Members of the Association and Ardroy OEC with their instructor

Cormonachan Woodlands Association has the following courses schedules for 2019:-

Emergency First Aid at Work + F Course for 2019

Any members who would like to apply for training or renewal of their 3-year first aid certificates should contact the Secretary as funding has now been approved for two courses:-

  1. Monday 16th & Friday 20th September 2019 at Ardroy OEC, Lochgoilhead
    7 places booked – 5 more places available.
  2. Monday 2nd & Friday 6th December 2019 at Ardroy OEC, Lochgoilhead
    – 4 places booked – 8 more places available.

Pesticide Training for 2019 (see links below) (Five members certificated in February 2019)

PA1 – http://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/lantra-awards-technical-award-safe-use-pesticides-scotland

PA6A – http://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/level-2-award-safe-application-pesticides-using-hand-held-equipment-qcf (plus alongside water courses)

Note – PA1 is one day; PA6 is one day and Assessments would be over two days (3 per day).

Plugs – http://www.lantra.co.uk/awards/product/lantra-awards-level-2-award-safe-operation-pesticide-plug-equipment

Maximum of 12 places and free to members, six places booked (the minimum is six to run the course).  (The following members attended the courses – DK, FW, DB, J C-S, GP & KP).

Cost of training:
PA1 Training                       £950 + VAT                          up to 6 candidates
PA6A Training                       £950 + VAT                          up to 6 candidates
PA1 Assessments            £95 per person
PA6A Assessments            £95 per person

Total cost for 6 members =  £3,712.00 inc. VAT (£618.67 per person)

Equipment & PPE requiring grant funding:-
Matabi 20 ltr Super Agro 20 back pack sprayer with brass lance £84.16
6 Faceshields with visors £52.56
Pack of 10 Nitrile gloves £18.60
Pack of 10 Disposable Coveralls £ 24.30
Total cost of B) = £179.62 inc. VAT
The Association already has other equipment and PPE available for use from previous grant funding.

Grant funding was obtained for this training from the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Communities Fund for January & February 2019.

Note – Obtaining free training does commit the member to help eradicate invasive species in Cormonachan Woodlands.

Cormonachan Woodlands Association had the following courses in 2016 & 2017:-

Basic First Aid Course – 1 day (2 evenings) 7th/8th December 2016 from 6.30 to 9.30 pm (Maximum of 12 places and free to members, six places booked and 6 certificated)

Emergency First Aid Course – 2 days – 7th & 9th February 2017 (Three free places for members, all booked and 3 certificated)

Chainsaw Training Course – 5 days plus 1 day assessment for certificate for felling up to 380 mm – 6th to 10th and 27th/28th (assessments for 2 per day) (four free places for members, all booked and 4 certificated)

Trimmer Training Course – 1 day for certificate – 16th January 2017 (six free places for members, all booked and 6 certificated)

Pesticides Training Course – 1 day for certificate – 6th February 2017 (three free places for members, all booked and 3 certificated)

Pesticides Spraying Training Course – 1 day plus 1 day assessment for certificate –  7th February 2017 (three free places for members, all booked and 2 certificated)

Trimmer Training Course  – 1 day for certificate – 21st August 2017 (four free places for members, all booked and 4 certificated)

Quad Bike & Trailer Training – 1 day for certificate – 7th December 2017 (two free places for members , all booked and 2 certificated)

Training Summary

We are very pleased to report that in 2019 5 members obtained their pesticide spraying certificates and 2016/2017 18 members took 31 training places on eight training courses that were 100% funded through either the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Seedcorn/Communities Fund or the Natural Heritage Fund Scheme run by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.

The cost of all the training, equipment, tools and personal protection equipment amounted to £8,456.51 that the Association obtained 100% funding for but excluded the pesticide training that was 3/5th of £3,900.00 = £2,340.00 for our 3 members of 5 attending that was organised through the Lochgoil Community Council using the same NHFS 100% funding. So the total will have been well over £10k of funding.

The courses run were two First Aid at Work courses in December 2016 and February 2017 when 8 members obtained their Certificates. The first Trimmer course had 6 member and the second 4 members gaining their certificates. The Chainsaw course had 4 members with 4 members gaining their felling trees up to 200mm and 4 members getting their felling up to 380mm and 1 renewing his 380mm certificate. The Pesticides course had 3 members getting their certificates, 2 members getting their Pesticides Spaying course certificates with a special addition for spraying near watercourses and 2 members obtaining their Quad Bike & Trailer certificates.

This training will be very good for Volunteers Days in Cormonachan Woodlands and already has been good as all the paths were strimmed during the Trimmer courses and a large number of Sitka spruce trees were felled during the chainsaw course.

Please call the Secretary if you would like to go on a training course that would be free to members subject to grant funding.

Note – Obtaining free training does commit the member to help with the task he or she has been trained for in Cormonachan Woodlands.