Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Rural Skills Training

We support training for Land Management businesses operating in the Park.

We are delighted to continue to offer 30% funding towards the cost of eligible short courses (under 5 days duration) in key rural skills during 2017 – 2018.

Funding from this year’s budget is still available but please apply ASAP for any training up to March 2018.

It is up to you to arrange training with your choice of trainer, time and place and once the training has been delivered, we will reimburse 30% of your training costs.

The cost of any training which meets the Eligibility Criteria will be partially reimbursed on a first come first served basis. There is a limited fund for this support on a year by year basis and no further applications will be accepted once the funds are fully allocated, so we recommend applying early.

Due to a fantastic level of enthusiasm the scheme tends to be fully subscribed, and to ensure best use of the funding we tightened up some of the rules at the start of 2016. The main changes are:

• You must send in an application form and evidence of costs before your training. Retrospective claims will no longer be accepted unless by prior agreement in exceptional circumstances.
• First aid training and some other courses less directly concerned with land management skills will no longer be eligible – contact us if in doubt about a particular course.
• There are slightly reduced limits to the total you can claim, ie £1000 per business per year and £200 per training place.

How to apply:

  1. Download the Information and Application Form and Claim Form (Word documents) via the links below.

Rural Skills Training Information and Application Form

Rural Skills Training Claim Form

  1. Check that your training course(s) and trainees meet the Eligibility Criteria and note the Conditions of the subsidy.
  2. Obtain a written quote for the training you need. You can apply for several sessions of training at once, but not more than 6 months in advance.
  3. Complete and return the Application Form, along with the quote, to CNPA by email or by post.
  4. We will assess the application and let you know as soon as possible whether it has been approved for support.
  5. Once your training has taken place, fill in and return the Claim Form to CNPA, along with copies of all invoices. You can claim for more than one training session at a time, but please note that the Claim Form must be returned within four weeks of the start of the training you are claiming for. Claims returned later than this may not be reimbursed.
  6. You will be notified when your claim has been processed. Your subsidy will be reimbursed by BACS or cheque within 4 weeks of us receiving your Claim Form.



Do you have any other questions?

Please contact Catriona Campbell on 01479 870521.