Lantra's achievements in 2016-17

We said we would support skills development across Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries in 2016-2017. With help from the Scottish Government, here's what we actually did under our four themes:

Theme 1 - Promoting the benefits of, and opportunities for, investment in learning and skills development to Scotland’s land-based industries

  • Royal Highland Show - Highlights included active participation by Land-Based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award winners as ‘skills ambassadors’ and support from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, and Scottish Land and Estates, to promote the new Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills
  • Scottish Parliamentary reception hosted by Michael Russell MSP during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight - Celebration with Scotland’s aquaculture industry and other invited guests to mark the success story of Modern Apprenticeships within the industry and to welcome a new Modern Apprenticeship for managers
  • Chairman’s reception attended by key influencers in Scottish agriculture and representative from other land-based industries. The result was a wide-ranging discussion relating to good practice in other industries, skills needs, alternative pathways, opportunities and challenges
  • Business Breakfast, the range of skills required by horticulture and land-based engineering businesses were the focus of discussion
  • Active engagement with food and drink, and forest and timber technologies, partnerships was a key area of Lantra’s related work
  • Commissioning and delivery of a Scottish Trees and Timber Sector Labour Supply and Future Demand Report and update on the Trees and Timber factsheet
  • Graduation of environmental conservation trainees from the Mountains and the People, demonstrating a successful strategic partnership
  • Engagement with Developing the Young Workforce regional groups investigating ways in which Lantra can provide support where there is a focus on developing the young workforce within the land-based sector.


Theme 2 - Promoting Scotland’s land-based industries as a positive and rewarding career choice

  • Successful Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards showcasing the success of top learners in the sector. Very positive feedback for the event with keynote speech by TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson proving one of the many highlights of the evening. A video from the event can be viewed here.
  • Promotional career videos produced in aquaculture  and game and wildlife management in partnership with Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award finalists and key industry partners.
  • Royal Highland Show – career networking event in partnership with RHET, Food and Drink Federation Scotland and others.
  • Two new brochures produced, one specifically to promote Modern Apprenticeships in Agriculture and the other to promote Modern Apprenticeships in the land-based sector
  • Lantra participated and delivered presentations at a number of career events to showcase careers in the sector including the Aberdeenshire Learning Festival, the Inspiring Food and Drink Career Pathways event and the Highland Developing the Young Workforce careers event.
  • Active engagement with Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards finalists and an introductory event held for the Industry Champions Initiative which brought together a number of previous Award finalists where they were updated on the rural skills landscape, complementary initiatives and provided with the opportunity to improve their presentation skills. Further work on the initiative will continue in 2017-18 with a proposed launch at the Royal Highland Show.
  • A case study on Land-based Learner winner Andrew Dixon in the NFUS magazine and the Scottish Farmer promoted succession planning in family farming.. Horticulturist and Learner of the Year Awards winner Ross Gallagher’s case study promoted modern apprenticeships in horticulture in various publications.
  • A key promotional tool was developed in the form of a Lantra calendar featuring all the land-based sector industries and Award finalists.
  • Eighteen case studies prepared to showcase careers in the sector.
  • Promotion of Scottish Apprenticeship Week was a focus for the Chairman’s Reception, complemented by a full page in the Scottish Farmer on Modern Apprenticeships in Agriculture and 9 case studies prepared and showcased.


Theme 3 - Ensuring that learning and training provision address the requirements of Scotland’s land-based industries

  • Worked with Train Shetland and Skills Development Scotland to influence the funding model in place and to help secure additional support for college-based learning requirements.
  • Supported specialist standards and qualifications colleagues in forecasting industry demand, and submitting a tender to Skills Development Scotland, for the proposed delivery of standards, qualifications and Modern Apprenticeship work in 2017-18.
  • Contributed to many skills consultations including Forest and Timber Technologies Action Plan, Food and Drink Skills Investment Plan, Scottish Government Enterprise and Skills Review and Scottish Government Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Support for the review of National Occupational Standards (NOS) in equine, game and wildlife and trees and timber.
  • Supported Speyside Wildlife to develop an accredited wildlife identification training course in association with local partners including Cairngorm’s National Park Authority


Theme 4 - Facilitating effective delivery and integration of Lantra’s work plan

  • To increase staff knowledge in fisheries management, the whole team participated in a team development day with Stirling Council Fisheries. A second development day focussed on teamworking and communication skills.
  • Two members of staff, Ishbel Crawford and Lynsey Muir, left at the end of March and Lantra Scotland has recruited two new staff.
  • Support provided to the National Chair in his role as a Government ‘Industry Champion’ for Education and Training, which included facilitating the Chairman’s Reception to help inform the Cabinet Secretary’s Strategy for Scottish agriculture.


Please get in touch with us if you have any comments or questions about our achievements. Call 01738 310164 or email


Lantra Scotland 2016-17