Working together to develop our workforce
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Published on

September 28 2021

One of the biggest issues college and university graduates face when starting out on their career path in land-based industries, is a lack of relevant practical skills and hands-on experience. These highly qualified individuals often need to volunteer to gain the training required to get their foot in the door for entry-level employment.

To help address these issues, Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation, has joined forces with Lantra, one of the UK’s leading awarding bodies for land-based industries. This partnership champions real skills for real jobs, offering level 3 Learners the opportunity to gain practical skills through accredited training and qualifications, complementing their BTEC qualifications.

By combining industry-based qualifications with work-related skills and certificates, this study programme - designed around specific land-based occupations - will help Learners get their careers off to the best possible start.

Pearson has mapped out six specific career paths as part of the level 3 BTEC qualifications, covering the following sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal management
  • Countryside management
  • Equine management
  • Forestry and arboriculture
  • Horticulture.

With the government pledging to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 78% by 2030, along with a target of establishing 30,000 ha of new woodland in England by 2025, green and land-based jobs are set to be even more in demand across the nation.

Therefore, it’s even more important to ensure our future workforce is prepared and skilled in these key areas, so they’re up-to-speed with working practices and ready to hit the ground running.

Marcus Potter, Lantra CEO commented on the partnership: “As an awarding organisation, Lantra offers over 350 accredited training courses and qualifications to equip students for the modern workplace. We are delighted to have partnered with Pearson who,working with our network of training Providers and Instructors, can now offer students the best of both worlds- a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National qualification that is tailored to their career, underpinned with Lantra accredited training or additional qualifications.

This gives students a huge advantage in the employment marketplace, as they emerge from their colleges with the certification and qualifications legally required to operate in their chosen field. This makes them immediately useful to their employer. Technical Awards and qualifications are listed on the student’s Lantra Skills ID Card and new skills can be added by further training as they progress in their careers.

To find out more, visit our partner page here.


Watch the Pearson and Lantra Awards Partnership network event