Skills and training

As the sector skills council for Scotland's land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries, we promote the benefits of investment in learning and skills development in order to:

  • help deliver the Cabinet Secretary’s Discussion Document for The Future of Scottish Agriculture which sets out a vision of a productive, innovative and profitable future for Scottish farming

  • promote skills initiatives, and the business and environmental benefits of investing in skills

  • secure industry intelligence and use to actively influence skills policies, provision and funding on behalf of land-based businesses

  • represent sector interests in the work of the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS), Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and other strategic skills partners

  • support sector businesses and organisations by helping to evidence and address skills gaps, and to address specific training enquiries

  • support the Scottish Government’s Whole Farm Review scheme through transition into the one-to-one component of the new Scottish Farm Advisory Services

  • actively participate in relevant industry shows and events

  • help improve productivity, environmental performance and overall sustainability across the land-based sector.


There are some great career opportunities available for suitably qualified training instructors in our sector, so if you want to do an instructional techniques courses in Scotland, visit Atlast Training's website.

You can find out more about our research into the trees and timber industry in the following pdf files. If you have any comments about them, please email us or call 01738 310164.