Chairman's reception

The challenges of encouraging industry to support young people and new entrants into the land-based and aquaculture sector were discussed recently at Lantra’s second Chairman’s reception of the year.

Those taking part included representatives from industry, Developing the Young Workforce, Royal Highland Education Trust, Northern Rural Countryside Initiative, SRUC, local councils and college staff. 

There were wide-ranging discussions about the work currently taking place on learning and skills development in the rural sector, with new initiatives helping to address industry needs, like video case studies, career brochures and guidance for employers who might think about employing an apprentice.  

Those attending also discussed the challenges of ensuring that young people, new entrants and careers influencers are given the chance to learn more about rural careers. 

Opportunities for online learning were highlighted, as was the need to develop and diversify the training instructor network in Scotland. 

The day closed with a commitment by Lantra Scotland and its Chairman Henry Graham to develop these initiatives further by working with industry and skills partners.