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A new resource for agriculture businesses was launched at the Royal Highland Show by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills.

The employers’ toolkit, developed by Lantra Scotland on behalf of the Skills for Farming Group with support from Skills Development Scotland, will support employers in making informed decisions on different types of training as well as providing practical information on wages, responsibilities, funding and mentoring.

 

The toolkit guides employers through apprenticeships, work placements, internships, volunteering, farm visits and mentoring – also covering technical aspects such as contracts, insurance and induction. 

 

Around 60 stakeholders attended the launch, including Gordon McGuiness, Director of Industries and Enterprise Networks at Skills Development Scotland.  

Gordon said: “Addressing the skills and recruitment needs of the farming industry is essential to its success.   

“This toolkit is aimed at providing farming businesses the support to accessing the right employees, whilst also providing clear guidance on Scotland’s skills and training landscape.” 

Skills Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “I am clear that the more skills an individual can develop and retain, the more opportunities that person will enjoy. That is why, faced with the fast-paced changes occurring within the rural workforce, it is essential that we ensure people continue to have the skills required to enable them to develop and succeed in their working life.

“The new employers toolkit is an important part of this process as it will enable employers to make informed decisions on different types of training available from apprenticeships and work placements to mentoring and volunteering opportunities.

“I am therefore, delighted to launch the toolkit and would encourage all agricultural businesses to see how it could benefit them and their employers.”

Faced with the fast-paced changes occurring within the rural workforce, it is essential that we ensure people continue to have the skills required to enable them to develop and succeed in their working life.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills

At the launch Mr Hepburn also met a group of Modern Apprentices from agriculture, land-based engineering, trees and timber and aquaculture.

Find out more

The new toolkit is available in print and online at scotland.lantra.co.uk/employers-toolkit

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