The land-based and environmental industry in Scotland has around 24,500 businesses, 115,700 employees and 40,000 volunteers. In fact, agriculture alone contributes £5,280 million to Scotland’s economy. Our team in Scotland works to help you access the training, qualifications, skills and knowledge you need.
Read how we have been Making a Difference.
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.
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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.
View different types of qualifications in Scotland
Find out about Modern Apprenticeships
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.
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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.
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 next awards ceremony takes place at the Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on 5th March 2015.
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If you could like more information about the One Stop Shop please contact our Scottish Office on 01738 646 762