The Cairngorms National Park Authority is offering land based workers funding towards training courses in practical rural skills through this year’s Land Management Training Project.
A grant of 30 per cent is being made available for short courses that will help raise standards in land management activities, promote best practice and make rural businesses more versatile and successful.
Any employees working on estates, farms or other land management businesses – or anyone who shows a commitment to wanting work in any of these rural enterprises – can apply to the scheme. The types of training courses that are eligible for funding include off road vehicle driving, chainsaw operation, deer stalking, habitat monitoring and pesticide use as well as first aid.
Eleanor Mackintosh, CNPA Board Member commented: “Our previous land based business training projects have proved extremely popular and have certainly helped rural workers to improve or acquire new skills. This in turn helps rural land based businesses become more efficient, competitive and adaptable for the future.”
Land-based industries are worth around £70 million annually to the Park economy – which includes the £40 million contribution made by the food and agriculture sectors – and makes a living for over 900 people. In addition, forestry contributes £10 million to the National Park’s economy each year.
Land Management Officer at the CNPA, Penny Lawson said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce that as part of our support for land managers in the Park for 2014-15, we can offer a grant subsidy of 30 per cent towards training courses. Furthermore, we will be running a series of free courses and events throughout the year on a range of topics of broad interest to land managers and workers.”