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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.

Beginning Falconry Award

Lantra is pleased to confirm it is still offering the increasingly-popular Beginning Falconry Award. Delivered by a network of training providers across the UK, the Award continues to attract learners in areas including further education, prison rehabilitation and animal husbandry.

Developed by Lantra Awards in conjunction with the Hawk Board, the Beginning Falconry Award is ideal for those who are new to falconry, or those who wish to keep raptors and/or owls.

Instructor Network

Welcome to The Lantra Instructor Network

This area of the website is designed to be a central area for The Lantra Instructor Network to find Useful Information, FAQs, Application Forms and Event Information.

Instructos have their own profile page which is accessible to providers wishing to book an Instructor in their area.

Here at Lantra we pride ourselves on having a strong network of highly skilled Instructors who offer our Trianing and Qualifcations through our network of registered Providers.

New Chair appointed for Lantra’s Northern Ireland National Council


Lantra has announced the appointment of Ian Marshall as Chair of its National Council in Northern Ireland. Ian will succeed Campbell Tweed OBE who is to stand down after seven years in the role.

The SoFarm project

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry visited RAPID Ltd in Claudy to attend the first presentation of Lantra Awards qualifications to graduating participants on the SoFarm project (Thursday, 24 March 2016)

The SoFarm project is one of 67 projects in Northern Ireland that was successful in its application for funding under the first Call of the NI European Social Fund (ESF) Programme 2014-20. SoFarm is an innovative project designed with a focus on using social farming to improve the skills and employability of people with disabilities.

New Health & Safety, Forestry and First Aid Technical Awards coming soon!

Lantra is delighted to announce a brand new range of Health & Safety and +F (Forestry) First Aid technical awards set to launch this March.

Below is a brief overview of the new technical awards and some of the areas they cover:

Training providers across Scotland meet at Lantra conference

Some of the key organisations involved with training, qualifications and skills development in Scotland’s land-based and environmental industries were represented at a national conference for training providers and instructors run by Lantra. 

Taking place in in the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 3 December, the one-day event began with an update from Lantra Scotland on its work in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector. 

New apprenticeship standards for forestry and arboriculture

Government approval has been granted to two brand new Trailblazer apprenticeship standards which are set to benefit employers in the forestry and arboriculture sector.

The Arborist and Forest Operative apprenticeship standards, which were developed through a comprehensive consultation from over 40 organisations across the industries involved, have been approved at Westminster and lead the way in the government’s drive for apprenticeship reform in England.


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