Lantra in Scotland

Around 150,000 people work in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental sector in Scotland, within around 24,000 businesses. Agriculture alone contributes more than one billion pounds to the country’s economy.

Over the next decade, 30,000 new entrants will be needed in the sector, so there are plenty of opportunities for exciting and rewarding careers out there.

Modern Apprenticeships in agriculture

If you'd like to get your career off to a great start in agriculture or you're thinking about employ a Modern Apprentice, just fill in your details on our MA Connections page and we'll try to match you up with a potential employee or employer.

We've made a short video on the benefits of doing a Modern Apprenticeship or employing someone to do one so you can watch it here.

What Lantra can do for you

The Lantra Scotland team can 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

Through a network of approved training providers 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 different industries and career areas we're involved with, have a look at our factsheet here, call 01738 646762 or email

Our goal is to work for the benefit of Scotland's land-based, aquaculture and environmental sector, so have a look at the commitments we're making for it here.

Lantra's commitments to you

In 2015-2016, Lantra will carry out a range of activities to support skills development across Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries.

We will:

  • Promote the diverse and rewarding careers available within the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector, working with businesses and partners like Skills Development Scotland and the Royal Highland Educational Trust
  • Celebrate the achievements of the country’s best trainees in our 2016 land-based and aquaculture learner of the year awards
  • Increase the number of people doing Modern Apprenticeships in agriculture, working with NFU Scotland on our MA Connections initiative
  • Promote the benefits of Modern Apprenticeships in Scottish Apprenticeship Week by producing a video and by featuring other successful trainees as case studies
  • Help ensure that Scottish Vocational Qualifications in environmental conservation, aquaculture, animal care and land-based engineering meet the needs of industry
  • Develop a new Modern Apprenticeship to support those conserving Scotland’s natural heritage and those maintaining and managing rural estates
  • Promote the benefits of having a skilled workforce, influence skills’ policies across the sector and help to provide the training that businesses need.

Please get in touch with us if you have any comments or questions about our commitments.

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.


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

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.