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Lantra Next Generation Training Fund

3 April 2024

Next Generation Newsletter

This article is produced as a part of the FAS Next Generation Newsletter. Subscribe now to receive the full report in your inbox quarterly.

In response to a clear need to upskill new and prospective new entrants/next generation farmers and crofters, using Scottish Government funding Lantra launched the Next Generation Practical Training Fund in Autumn 2023.

A range of in-person and online courses are available the length and breadth of Scotland, with a particular focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation practices; biodiversity/habitat improvement; health and safety; equipment training and business efficiency and resilience. Up to £500 per course is available and you may apply for a maximum of one course per month. Some examples of available courses include ATV and tractor driving; first aid; social media for business; bookkeeping; carbon audit training; wildlife identification; regenerative agriculture; livestock transport; sheep shearing; DIY artificial insemination, and foot trimming to name a few. All courses are listed on the Skills Hub Scotland website, just look for the Next Generation badge, and more are being added regularly.

There is no age limit for applicants to the Next Generation Training Fund and it is open to all Scottish residents who have entered the agricultural sector within the last 5 years or are already working or studying agriculture full-time or part-time. Those keen to start in the industry are also eligible.

Applications can be made online by setting up a free Skills Hub Scotland account. You will need to demonstrate what you expect to gain from the course and how it will benefit you and allow you to advance in the sector. Once received, applications are reviewed by a review panel of representatives from the Scottish Government and Lantra Scotland. Feedback will be given to unsuccessful applicants to help them improve future applications. Once confirmation is issued, successful applicants will have six months to complete the training. Therefore it is advisable to contact training providers early to ensure there is space on the course you have selected, as some courses only run on set dates with limited attendee numbers.

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