The majority of South of Scotland Economic Partnership’s £10m 2018-19 budget will be spent on career development and community resilience.
The partnership will spend £6.6m on creating a physical and digital hub network to provide better access to college training in health and social care, renewable energy, engineering and construction across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Funding awards have also been made to aid the regeneration of Annan and the creation of a centre of excellence for training in textiles at Hawick, bringing spending to £7.8m. Further funding will be shared by four Dumfries and Galloway and three Borders community groups (Peebles Community Trust, Newlands Community Development Trust and Tweedsmuir Community Company sharing £220,710).
Partnership member Professor Russell Griggs said: “Our recent engagement exercise with over 500 people attending gave a valuable insight into what we require to do. Better opportunities for training and supporting communities were key priorities; this funding demonstrates our commitment to address these priorities immediately.”
Scottish Borders councillor Mark Rowley, said: “The partnership has been quick to recognise the positive impact community-led projects can have for people and in growing and sustaining the local economy.
“If successful I hope to see this initiative repeated elsewhere to enable communities across the Borders to improve the area’s economic vibrancy.”