Funding available to help women train for jobs in Shetland’s aquaculture and rural sectors

A new scheme has launched to support women interested in working in rural and aquaculture sectors, which play a major role in Shetland’s economy. 

The  Scottish government has made £100,000 available through the Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund  to support new training opportunities.  

Administered by Lantra Scotland, applicants can receive up to £500 per course in practical skills.

It aims to  address the current gender imbalance within industries, including aquaculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, land-based engineering and wildlife management, amongst others. 

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “There is a clear need for providing women in our rural communities with more access to training and reskilling opportunities.

“We know that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women’s jobs and incomes.”

Applications should be made through Lantra Scotland by 31st March.


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