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 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.

Gill Last

Gill Last

Training Manager

Read about Gill here.

Craig Huggan

Craig Huggan

Backlands Manager

Read about Craig here.

Collin Glass

Collin Glass

Project Worker (Routes to Work)


Board of Directors

Kenn Amabilino

Kenn Amabilino


Read about Kenn here.

Mark Ireland

Mark Ireland


Read about Mark here.

Maggie McCole

Maggie McCole


Read about Maggie here.


To contact our training manager, Gill Last, email:

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We are supported by The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Scottish Government

The Ridge is delighted to have been accepted onto the “Trade-Up Programme” which is designed to support established social entrepreneurs who are already creating positive change within their communities, providing them with a toolkit and knowledge to grow their social...

DIGITAL YOU – skills for life and work

We are very excited to announce that the Ridge was successful in securing funding from the SCVO Digital Participation Charter Fund. This will allow us to help you safely benefit from, participate in and contribute to the digital world of today and the future. Digital...

Certificate of Work Readiness 2018

February sees The Ridge delivering our Employability Fund Certificate of Work Readiness courses. These programmes are non-sector specific, instead, we focus on really getting to know our clients allowing us to do what we know works best and that is finding places that...

New Project Workers

We are delighted to have appointed two new members of the Training and Support team. Collin Glass and Amanda Doig will be familiar to many of you, as both stay and have worked locally. They join Gill Last, as part time Support Workers, whose role will be to help those...

We are hiring! Routes to Work Project Worker

The Project Worker (Routes to Work) will work with our Training Manager, Gill Last, to support those struggling with significant barriers, to address these issues and to move closer to employment. This role is funded by the European Social Fund, via East Lothian...

Developing the Young Workforce

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, Scotland’s Youth...

Hot Lime Mortar Training

The Ridge already delivers very well attended courses in Hot Lime Mortar training with Stockdale and Lyall at the Backlands and we will be adding more to the diary in the New Year thanks to our strengthening relationship with Historic Environment Scotland. If you are...

Local Area Partnership is funding the Ridge

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 way" so to speak to allow Simpson and Brown to carry out a...

Flexible Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities (FTOs) give small Scottish businesses the opportunity to apply for up to £3,000 towards employee training costs. We will refund up to 50% of your employee training activities, up to a maximum of £1000 per employee. This funding can be...

LANTRA Approved Provider

The Ridge is delighted to have achieved Approved Provider status with LANTRA. This means we are now able to offer certificated training in a wide range of practical land-based and environmental skills, to meet local demand. Chainsaw certificates are very much in...