Routes to work

Green Routes provides hands-on training in horticulture and an alternative to classroom-based education for young people with additional support needs. The focus of Routes to work is to give our students employability skills and work experience.

We offer a 4-5 year educational and training programme, and aim to attract young people in their last year of school to support them, through horticulture and rural skills, to develop a range of life and employability skills. Students currently attend a number of local organisations offering work experience, often leading to paid positions.

Our training

The focus of our training is:


Training tailored to individual needs, including the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Grow and Learn Awards 1 and 2

Employability skills

Developing the work ethic, team working, listening and following instructions, time-keeping and communications skills

Independent living skills

Travel skills, literacy and numeracy, decision making and developing and meeting personal goals

Further opportunities

In addition, we provide opportunities to achieve additional skills, such as woodwork, beekeeping, animal husbandry and tractor driving.

A track record of success

We encourage students to participate in community events, as well as taking part in local and national horticultural and agricultural shows.