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A new initiative from the Scottish Government, providing funding to support individuals from rural communities wishing to take part in climate change training courses, has opened for applications.

The Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Practical Training Fund, being administered by Lantra, will contribute a minimum of £500 per person towards the cost of a relevant course, such as sustainable food production, farm conservation, environmental land management and/or forestry. 

A list of in-person and virtual training courses can be found on the SkillSeeder app, a “one-stop-shop” for information on climate change training courses specifically in the land-based sector. From today, a Climate Change Fund Badge can be seen alongside the courses that qualify for the training fund.

climate change training fund - Skillseeder team

James Ritchie from SkillSeeder (pictured above with the rest of his team) said,

“With the Scottish Government investing more and more in skills training, it is an exciting time for SkillSeeder to be further developing the platform. A first for the land-based training industry, we are delighted to be able to bring climate change training into one place making it easy for skill seekers to search for courses which will help them to improve their knowledge and skills in their communities.”

Dr Liz Barron-Majerik, Scotland Director of Lantra, commented:

“I am delighted to be working with the Scottish Government and SkillSeeder on this exciting new initiative. Many of the land-based businesses that will be impacted by climate change are both small and rural, which brings associated logistical challenges. Even a minor change can be relatively high risk. So being able to find and access training, specific to the needs of the individual or business, is very important. SkillSeeder have done a great job of ‘badging’ courses so they are easier to find, and can add more as they become available.”

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