Rural Academy

Updated 1 July 2020

With the current Coronavirus crisis causing rapid changes to the jobs market, funding and social distancing rules, we will be flexible and keep adapting the programme to local needs.

We offer help and support to unemployed South Lanarkshire residents who live in rural areas and are looking for work. 

What's on offer

Our friendly staff can offer you:

  • advice and support to identify your training and employability needs
  • employability skills including: CV writing, interviewing skills, expectations in the workplace
  • skills training like CSCS cards for the construction sector, food hygiene (RHIS) training for hospitality, admin refresher courses for business or any other type of training you need to move into work 
  • work placements to help you gain valuable practical skills in a live workplace environment, add experience to your CV and give you a chance to showcase your work skills

We work with a wide base of employers who already use the Rural Academy as a recruitment hub. These key partners offer work placements, work trials, guaranteed interviews and when they have vacancies, we can help them with recruitment.

Who is eligible 

You should  

  • be aged 16 or over
  • live in rural South Lanarkshire – Lanark, Strathaven, Carluke, Kirkmuirhill, Lesmahagow, Coalburn, Carnwath, Biggar, Forth, Douglas, Rigside, Stonehouse or any other area in rural South Lanarkshire 
  • have barriers to finding work 
  • be out of work or receiving benefits 

How to get help 

  • give us a call or drop us an email
  • ask your local Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) advisor to arrange an appointment with us

Rural Academy


2 Hope Street, Lanark ML11 7LZ
(across from the Bank of Scotland)
Phone: 07813367422
Email: Rural Academy