FVSE is run by local people for the benefit of local people. We currently rely on funding to build our Training Academy but are looking to develop our portfolio of events so that we can move to sustainability. FVSE’s Training Academy is set around a practical learning environment. We offer young people the opportunity to develop their core and soft skill set with more of a focus on the practical side of learning. Our programmes provide necessary ongoing support on their journey towards employment. Candidates assess their own development, reflected within a pre and post evaluation; have the opportunity to put their learning into practice on a FVSE project or one managed on behalf of another organisation; receive FVSE certificates on completion; can add FVSE to their CV as work experience and a reference. Many young people learn better by doing and our academy helps them do this in a live situation in front of potential employers. Our flagship event, Sruighlea, Stirling's Summer Festival, is our prime outlet for academy trainees and takes place on the third Saturday of August every year. On our 2018 course, 100% of Into Events trainees reported an increase in confidence, motivation and skills. 71% would be looking for a job and 29% have since secured a job locally thanks to their new found skills. This crowdfunder campaign will enable us to deliver one of our Into Events courses in 2019. This could be with school leavers or those who've been out of work for a while and are looking to get back to work, possibly by learning new skills. Into Events surrounds the exciting events sector with training taking place over 3 x 3 hour classroom sessions followed by a practical event work experience. Candidates work on a number of subject areas both individually as well as within teams and will then have the opportunity to put their learning immediately into action by volunteering at the event. They will be paired with a staff member or experienced volunteer to have the best chance to develop their learning, skills and self confidence. All the while showcasing themselves to potential future employers. So please help us to help local young people to (re) develop skills that can make them more employable this year.