About the Ridge

An SQA-accredited centre, the Ridge is also a Skills- Based Academy for the JobCentre Plus as well as an Employability Fund Provider for Skills Development Scotland. We are also accredited to provide Lantra (rural skills) and REHIS (food hygiene) training. We offer local access to training across most sectors, including Horticulture, Hospitality, Catering, Fashion, Social Care and Customer Service. We aim to develop the skills and employability of marginalised and vulnerable local people. We have a passion for our locality and the issues that surround it. The Ridge provides support and nurtures talent while encouraging public and private organisations to contract locally.

the Ridge projects

Inadequate and costly public transport links make it difficult for people in the Dunbar area to access training. Our projects are an effective way of engaging with hard to reach people who might struggle initially to prove themselves. By providing high quality and locally based training and access to mentored work experience, we are improving their employability and boosting the skills base available to local employers.


The Ridge Café at Bleachingfield provides a quality food service to centre users, as well as outside catering.  It also offers valued opportunities in training, volunteering and a wide variety of community events. Local produce …


The Dunbar area is poorly served by costly public transport, making for difficult access to further education. As an SQA-accredited centre, the Ridge offers local access to training across Horticulture, Rural Skills, Hospitality, Catering, Enterprise …


The regeneration of the Backland areas is being funded by the Coastal Communities Fund and it has also received  a grant from the Dunbar Common Good Fund. The Ridge is grateful for their support.

We want …


One of the biggest challenges for local food producers can be getting their products out to their market. And vice versa – hotels, shops, restaurants often struggle to ‘use local’ because it is so hard …


The Ridge is working with local producers and traders to bring a regular local food, produce, arts and crafts market to Dunbar.

Part of our Coastal Communities Fund award is to support the development of regular …

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Updates from the Ridge

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Developing the Young Workforce

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on January 9th, 2017 0 Comments

The Ridge was recently awarded a contract by Developing the Young Workforce, to design and deliver a course for Employers across Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, looking at delivery of excellent work placements.

Developing the Young Workforce, …

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Great Funding News

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on December 12th, 2016 0 Comments

The Ridge has been lucky enough recently to receive funding from the Local Area Partnership to clear overgrown vegetation from the Black Bull Close. This is a fantastic step forward for us and “clears the …

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