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Environmental Conservation Skills Survey

In conjunction with Ulster Wildlife and partners, we recently undertook research into employability skills in Northern Ireland’s environmental conservation sector. 

The aim of the research was to identify the key characteristics of these businesses in Northern Ireland, the skills gaps and shortages facing employers, as well as the challenges facing the industry. The full report can be found below.


Lantra celebrates CEU recognition for training courses

Lantra has been working with the Arboricultural and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to gain Continuing Education Unit (CEU) recognition for its training courses.

This will enable arborists who have completed an ISA credential, such as the ISA Certified Arborist, to maintain that certificate by completing Lantra courses.  In the case of CEUs, the emphasis is on the training, and not on any subsequent qualifications.

Animals in Transport Specifications

Rodenticides Training in Northern Ireland: What You Need to Know

Rodents have the potential to carry diseases that can cause harm and damage to people, buildings and food products. However, whilst the use of rodenticides is an effective method of controlling rodents, these can present very real risks to people and the environment.  

Lantra Awards Approved 4x4 Sites

Lantra Awards Firearm/Shotgun Ground Register


There are lots of exciting and rewarding careers in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector.

Agriculture: watch our careers video  or have a look at our careers leaflet.

Improving Rural Livelihoods in Northern Ireland - Skills Survey 2016

Improving Rural Livelihoods in Northern Ireland - Skills Survey 2016

Lantra welcomes HSE report into reduced accidents but warns there is no room for complacency


The number of fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing is now at its lowest in five years, according to a recent report published by the HSE. Twenty nine deaths were reported in 2015/16, compared with an average of 37 deaths over the five previous years.

The report provides summaries of the fatalities and also outlines how straightforward steps, such as safe stop procedures for tractors and machines, or planning and  selecting equipment to carry out work at height, can make a real difference to improving safety.

Behind the wheel: Ryan plants the seeds for a successful career in farming


Ryan Kelly from County Londonderry in Northern Ireland received a very special birthday present from his parents in June. On his birthday, Lantra Awards instructor Brian Megahey from Ballyutoag Training arrived at the family farm to put Ryan through a Lantra Awards accredited Tractor Driving course. This came about as Ryan’s parents wanted to ensure that he was properly trained in all aspects of operating the farm’s tractors safely. In fact, the farm’s insurers wanted proof that Ryan had been on a proper training course.