In the GalGael workshop we offer a unique work place… a place of respect… a workplace that challenges, inspires and creates the conditions conducive to learning; a place where mistakes are not only made but owned as our best teachers.

At our benches, you’ll build skills and confidence and build the kind of working relationships that will serve you along the way. We take an asset based approach to learning; seeking to reconnect people with the best in themselves and their community as the most effective means of achieving self-reliance and a better quality of life.

The act of making touches on all aspects of our humanity – it is strengthens our inner resilience. Craft creates working relationships as individuals stand side-by-side engaged in common tasks.

The National 4 Certificate Practical Woodworking SCQF: level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

In partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and Forth Valley College, we are working towards introducing the National 4 Practical Woodworking certificate to our benches

The Course aims to offer learners opportunities to develop:

  • skills in woodworking techniques
  • skills in measuring and marking out timber sections and sheet materials
  • safe working practices in workshop environments
  • practical creativity and problem-solving skills
  • knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context

The Course provides opportunities to develop and enhance psychomotor skills, practical creativity, practical problem-solving skills, an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment, and knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context.

Course activities also provide opportunities to build self-confidence and to enhance generic and transferable skills in numeracy, employability skills, thinking skills, planning and organising of work tasks, working independently and in collaboration with others, as well as skills in communication and skills in self- and peer-evaluation.

The course will run Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

To be eligible you will need to have been unemployed 6 months or more. We are particularly keen to offer places to people who have been unemployed for 3 years or more.

Many of the people who access our opportunities are referred through a support worker. You can find out more about making a referral or self-referring/applying here.