Lantra in Scotland

The land-based and environmental industry in Scotland has around 28,000 businesses and 152,000 employees. Agriculture alone contributes £5,280 million to Scotland’s economy.

Our team in Scotland are here to help you access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge you need.

We can help you find out more about careers in Agriculture; AgriSkills; Animal Technology; Aquaculture; Environmental Conservation; Equine; Farriery; Fencing; Fisheries Management; Floristry; Game and Wildlife Management; Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf; Land-based Engineering; Production Horticulture; Trees and Timber

We also offer LANTRA certified training courses for industry in a wide range of areas, including: spraying, pesticides, health and safety, book keeping, chainsaw maintenance, abrasive wheels, welding, ATVs, brush cutters, forklift trucks, pesticides, vermin control, leadership and management, equine care.

If you'd like to know more about the range of projects we're involved in, have a look at our factsheet here, call 01738 646762 or email

Land-based & Aquaculture Learner of the Year

Our prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of people like you working hard in our industries.  

Every year we ask for nominations in our hunt for the most inspirational people working in the land-based and environmental industries in Scotland. 

Our most recent awards ceremony took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on on Thursday 5th March 2015.

Your Skills Needs

Our voice is your voice. We want to be confident we understand your needs, so our research is crucial to our work. 

Each year, we look at what skills are currently missing and what likely shortages there may be in Scotland in the future. This Skills Assessment research provides vital information so government, employers, individuals and everyone else are able to make the right investments in skills to thrive and grow.

Your Standards and Qualifications

To make sure you have skilled, knowledgeable and qualified workers, we work to produce flexible sets of qualifications using our National Occupational Standards.  We know how important these standards and qualifications are so we regularly review them to keep them up-to-date.

But with so many types of qualifications to choose from, choosing the right one for you can seem confusing.

Scotland Funding

Businesses of every size in Scotland can get help to build the skilled workforce they need in today’s tough marketplace. The following programmes are available from Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, and the European Social Fund :

  • Modern Apprenticeships (MA) – working for you from day one apprentices gain the skills you need to increase productivity. SDS will make a contribution to training costs and a learning provider can organise the training for you if required.
  • Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) - employers get an incentive of up to £2,000 –depending on criteria – to take on a Modern Apprentice who has had a barrier to employment in the past or is unemployed.
  • Flexible Training Opportunities (FTO) – businesses with existing staff of up to 150 employees can get up to 50% of training costs reimbursed up to a maximum of £5000 for 10 training episodes. FTOs aim to help smaller firms weather the recession.
  • Low Carbon Skills Fund - Businesses who train their staff in carbon reduction and energy efficiency, can access up to £500 each towards a maximum of 25 training experiences.

For other funding opportunities we've also created a special tool to help you find all the funding that's available to you and your business in Scotland.

Its simple. Just fill in a few basic details and we will point you to the funding, business grants and support you can get your hands on.


The Farm Business Adviser Accreditation Scheme for Scotland, also called FBAASS, works to deliver top advice for your farm business.

It works with the Scottish Government’s Whole Farm Review Scheme to improve Scotland’s farming businesses, ultimately making you more profitable.

Get help for your business today. 

One Stop Shop for Training Courses

Looking for a training course? Get the right course, at a location near you. 

Search thousands of courses, from hundreds of providers at One Stop Shop:

  • Free to use
  • Quick and easy access to training opportunities throughout Scotland
  • Search a wide variety of training courses - everything from industry specific training (from floristry to chainsaw to forklift training) to management, health & safety and IT courses
  • Filter results to find those closest to you

Keeping safe

We support health and safety in the industry to make sure that you come home by developing the standards needed to stay safe.

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Get Top Advice for Your Business

Our FBAASS advisers are working to improve Scotland's farming business. Get top advice and make sure your future is successful and profitable.

Skills Assessment

The most up-to-date investigation into skills in the sector, analysing current and future skills needs & much more. Easy-to-read factsheets available.

Read More about Feeding the Nation

Find the Business You Need

Search our directory of environmental and land-based businesses.

On-the-Job Training

Get involved with Modern Apprenticeships. Harness fresh new talent and get the skills and qualifications your workforce needs.

Find The Right Courses

Search 1000s of courses and 100s of providers to get the course you need, at a location that suits you.

Events Calendar

Explore up and coming events  in your area or industry.

Business Funding and Grants

Apply For Funding Today. Search Fund Finder to see what support is now available for you or your business.

Raising Skills - Backing Business

Work with Us.
Together we can make a dynamic, professional and competitive sector.

Making the Difference

Find out what we have been doing to help you in Scotland:

Got any questions? Just give us a call on 01738 646762 or follow the links below:

We are a member of Scotland Food & Drink - the leadership organisation for the food and drink industry in Scotland.