East of Scotland Careers Workshop

More than forty career influencers recently attended one of our workshops to learn first-hand from a range of industry experts about the benefits of working in land-based industries.

The one-day event in the Battleby Conference Centre was designed to showcase the rewarding careers available to young people and career changers within the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation sector.

Those attending included schools, colleges, local councils, the Royal Highland Education Trust, Developing the Young Workforce, Skills Development Scotland, the Murton Trust and Countryside Learning Scotland.

In the first session, industry speakers gave the audience a better understanding of careers and the skills required in their sector.

This was followed by a demonstration of some of the machinery and modern technology used within agriculture, and an interactive networking session provided those attending with the chance to ask questions of speakers and partner organisations. The day finished with a guided tour of Battleby grounds.

Sheena Howden, Lantra Scotland’s Project Manager explained: “As the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, we provide information on careers, and access to relevant training, qualifications, skills and knowledge for businesses and organisations across the country.

“Our industries cover agriculture, aquaculture, equine, environmental conservation, fisheries management, game and wildlife, horticulture, land-based engineering and trees and timber The sector has made huge technical and scientific advances in recent years but will have to continue developing to provide a sustainable future for Scotland.

“Events like this give us the chance to highlight some of the fantastic careers available, and I’d particularly like to thank today’s speakers, who were Emma Staniforth, Forest Enterprise Scotland; Katrina Marshall, Scottish Natural Heritage; Sandy Thomson, Farmer at Westpark Farm; Peter Butter, formerly of Breadalbane Academy, and Brian Sangster, President of the British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association.

“We’re also grateful to Reekie Ltd, Perth, for supplying a tractor and bale shredder that really showcased the machinery and technology involved in farming”.

Lantra will run a similar careers workshop for the West of Scotland in Lanark Mart on Wednesday 22nd November.

Find out more at www.lantra.co.uk/scotland/events or call 01738 310164 or email scotland@lantra.co.uk

Lantra Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

You can see videos of the speakers here and their Powerpoint presentations here.

 

Careers workshop for East of Scotland