Economy and Employment

A keynote goal of Smart Villages is to play a catalyst role in creating new models of employment, particularly for disengaged social groups and youth at risk of out migration.

Case study: The Workshop Aberfeldy

The Workshop Aberfeldy has not only recognised the need for supportive training, but has also overcome challenges such as planning regulations. It has made a much wider impact on the rural economy beyond purely economic contributions.

The Workshop Aberfeldy is a social enterprise supporting people into employment. It is open to all age ranges, offering training and work experience in a manufacturing business. It provides more than technical skills however, offering soft skills such as time management etc. The Workshop fills a gap – a lack of other facilities locally where people can gain training and experience in a flexible environment.


This project which was part-funded by Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER. The community-based social enterprise was set up in 2014 and helps people gain design and craft skills as well as helping them to build confidence and become ready for employment.