Addressing rural Scotland’s gender imbalance - Scottish Government

Providing training support for women.

A new scheme will address inequality and provide greater opportunities for women working in or interested in a career in rural and aquaculture sectors.

The Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund will give women the chance to develop their skills and talents with the help of £100,000 worth of practical training provided by the Scottish Government. The fund follows the Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund, which opened in January.

This will help address the current gender imbalance within a range of industries, including aquaculture, conservation, fisheries, forestry, horticulture, land-based engineering and wildlife management, amongst others.

The scheme will be administered by Lantra Scotland and will provide practical, skills training with full funding of up to £500 per course. Support for courses above this value will be assessed on a case by case basis by a review panel.

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.”

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Posted On: 22/02/2021

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