Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP visited Levenmouth last week to see the results of a project funded by a government initiative.
Mr Alexander set up the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) last year to help provide training opportunities to young people in deprived areas.
One such scheme which benefitted from £175,000 worth of CCF funding is the River Leven Project, which is aimed at regenerating the woodland area surrounding the River Leven.
Now in it’s third month, it will run for two years and in that time will provide civil engineering and woodland management training to 16 young people, in conjunction with Fife Council, which also provided match funding, and Fife-based company Living Solutions.
After meeting with the first group of four trainees on Friday, who are currently restoring a footpath over the river, Mr Alexander said of the work: “It is very impressive. This is exactly what the CCF is all about - providing some financial support for communities like this and to invest in things that will create jobs and opportunities.
“It’s not just improving the quality of the local environment, but it’s providing life-long skills and opportunities to young people as well.”
Paul Cruise from Living Solutions noted that the current trainees are receiving a number of transferable skills which could be used in the construction industry, while those coming in in November will learn a variety of skills in forestry management.
Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Levenmouth Area Committee, said: “I’m really delighted. For me, the good thing to come out of this project is the employment for young people, who are receiving a really good training base.” Cllr Adams also praised the work done by the team to secure the CCF funding.