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Creating opportunities for women in agriculture

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Published:
30 Dec 2021 09:42

Extension of Practical Training Fund.

More women and ladies dwelling and dealing in Scottish agriculture will have the ability to apply for funding for programs to assist develop their abilities. Eligible programs embody help to get tractor and trailer driving certificates or assist to coach sheepdogs.

The Practical Training Fund, which was launched earlier this 12 months and is run by Lantra Scotland, has already supported greater than 400 women and ladies to undertake programs to develop their skillset or change careers.

From at this time, women and ladies over the age of 13 can apply for as much as £500, or extra on a case by case foundation, for the price of a sensible or technical coaching course by means of the fund, with the primary batch of profitable candidates being notified by the tip of January 2022.

It has been supported by one other £75,000 of Scottish Government funding, with £20,000 of the funding ring-fenced for candidates dwelling in island communities.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon mentioned:

“This 12 months, we’ve dedicated £300,000 to help women in agriculture, together with: the broader roll-out of the non-public improvement coaching programme ‘Be Your Best Self’; a mission to check progressive options for childcare in rural areas and the event of Skillseeder – a abilities sharing app which offers a straightforward to make use of one-stop store to search out coaching and abilities improvement opportunities throughout the nation, significantly for these in rural and island areas.

“We need to see extra women becoming a member of those that are already growing a profession in Scottish agriculture – which is why it’s necessary that women are given these opportunities in what has been a really male-dominated business.

“Throughout this year, we’ve heard from women and girls who have undertaken courses through the Practical Training Fund and said that they have more confidence and are more knowledgeable, which is great to hear. I would encourage more women to visit the Lantra Scotland website and apply.”

Background:

Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund