Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund

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Updated on 31 March

The Women in Rural Economy Training Fund is closed to new applications at the moment whilst we work through those received before the deadline of 31 March.  

To be kept informed of any updates about the fund, or to be notified of similar funding opportunities, please fill in your contact details here.

If you are involved in agriculture and want to do practical training, please note you can still apply for our Women in agriculture fund.

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Please note that to qualify for funding, the training you are applying for should benefit you and your employability or any business that you run. Training will not qualify if it is a statutory requirement for your current employment, or if your employer has said that you must do it. 

Research into women in the land-based and aquaculture sector shows that there is a clear need for more access to, and uptake of, vocational, practical training.

The Scottish Government's Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund alongside the Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund has been created to give women in Rural Scotland more opportunities for land-based and aquaculture training. This will help address the current gender imbalance within a range of industries, including Aquaculture, Conservation, Fisheries, Forestry, Horticulture, Land-based engineering and Wildlife management, amongst others. 

This fund is open to any woman resident in Scotland who is either already working in or studying in the sector, full-time or part-time, or who is keen to start work in this area, who can demonstrate how the training course will support the development of their business or employment options.

Funding

Courses eligible for funding can include: business skills; environmental and sustainability; health and safety; vehicles, machinery and equipment; financial, technical or those covering machinery and equipment training.

Applications will be scored against the value to the individual or business and will be reviewed each month. 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.

• 100% funding 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.

Criteria

The Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund advisory group will look at 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

 

Argyll College UHI

Borders College

Borders Machinery Ring

Borders Training Group

Braehillor Sheepdog Handler Training

Central Caithness Training Group

Embryonics

Highland Business Services

Inverness College UHI

Lantra

Lews Castle College UHI

Lothian Machinery Ring

Moray College UHI

Nithcree Training

Orkney College UHI

Perth College UHI

Perth HGV

Perthshire Plant Training (Scotland)

Ringlink

Rural Services Scotland

Semex

Shetland College UHI

SRUC

Tarff Valley

Tayforth Machinery Ring

West Highland College UHI

WSM Training

 

FAQs

Can I apply for more than one course on an application form?

You can apply for more than one course within the financial year to allow for progression and skills development, but you can only apply for a single course 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 for funding?

Eligible courses 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.

When will I find out if I've been accepted?

At the latest, we will give you a decision within five working days of the panel meeting. We may ask you for more information so we can look at your application again at a future panel meeting.

Who decides on my application?

Our panel is made up of a representative from the Scottish Government (which is funding the training), a representative from Lantra Scotland with 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 applying?  

Application must be received by 31st March 2021.

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.

Need support?

If you would like guidance on your eligibility, what you can apply for, or any part of the funding application process, contact either scotland@lantra.co.uk or one of the training providers above.

Although this fund is closed to new applications at the moment whilst we work through those received before the deadline of 31 March, fill in your contact details here to be kept informed of any updates or similar funding opportunities.

If you are a woman involved in agriculture and looking for training, please apply for our Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund instead.

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