“We want more women in agriculture to have opportunities to develop their skills and talents. As well as supporting our Fair Work agenda, ensuring the sector is accessible to women will help to ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of Scotland’s rural economy.’ (extract from Programme for Government (2019-20).
One of the key findings of research into women in farming and the agriculture sector was that there is a clear need for more access to, and uptake of, vocational, practical training for women entering the sector.
The Scottish Government's Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund offers support to women resident in Scotland who are either already working in agriculture* or studying it full-time or part-time, or who are keen to start work in this area and who are able to demonstrate how a training course will support the development of their business or employment options.
*This can be within a related, or key supply chain business.
Courses eligible for funding can include: business skills; environmental and sustainability; health and safety; plants and animals; vehicles, machinery and equipment.
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. More than one course can be applied for within the financial year to allow for progression and skills development, however only one course can be applied for within each monthly application round.
Priority will be given to new applicants within each round.
- Funding for 100% of costs is available for training up to the value of £500 per course
- Applications for training over the value of £500 will still be accepted and will be assessed depending on the value to the individual or business.
The Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund advisory group will look for the following when assessing applications:
- Clear evidence of the value of the grant to the applicant and how it will support the development of their business or employment options.
- How relevant the training is and what value it can provide
- If this is the first time someone has applied for funding or specific training, we will prioritise their application
Examples of training providers
Can I apply for more than one course on an application form?
More than one course can be applied for within the financial year to allow for progression and skills development, however only one course can be applied for within each monthly application round. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis with priority given to new applicants within each round.
What courses are eligible?
Courses eligible for funding include financial, technical, business efficiency, improving sustainability, plants and animals or those covering machinery and equipment training. Applications will be scored against the value to the individual and the business and whether the course is a legal requirement or more developmental in nature.
Can I get funding for a test, for example on trailers?
Because this is a training fund, it doesn’t cover standalone tests, but you can apply for funding if your training course includes an assessment or test.
What happens if I am unable to attend the course?
If you fail to attend training with no reasonable notice, you may be liable for the full costs of the replacement booking.
How will my application be assessed?
Lantra staff will look at your application, but if we have any queries it will go to our Review Panel, which meets at the end of every month.
At the latest, we will give you a decision within five working days of the panel meeting, as long as your application came in by the 20th of that month. We may ask you for more information so we can look at your application again at a future panel meeting.
The panel is made up of a representative from the Scottish Government (which is funding the training), a representative from Lantra Scotland with practical farming experience and knowledge of accredited training, and another with administrative and training delivery experience. Where required, the panel will draw on internal and external specialist advice.
Is there a deadline for completing the training?
Once we confirm that you are getting funding, you have six months to complete the training. In exceptional circumstances this may be extended.
What options are there if I don't work in agriculture?
You might be eligible for our Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund.
If you would like guidance on your eligibility, what you can apply for, or any part of the funding application process, contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the training providers above.