New agricultural training programme for young people in Powys launched by Lantra Wales

January 2024 | Rural policy, Featured

Lantra Wales have started the new year by announcing that they are launching a new training programme. The aim is to support young people that don’t come from farming backgrounds to get the opportunity to attend a variety of agricultural and horticultural courses for free.

The name of the programme is AgriStart and there is an opportunity for those who live in Powys between the ages of 16 and 28 to gain access to a wide variety of training courses for fee. These include courses such as Health and Safety, Tractor Driving and Livestock Handling, and are especially tailored to provide the crucial skills needed to get a start in the agricultural industry. Students can take part in the courses face to face or online.

Sarah Lewis, Deputy Director of Lantra Cymru said:

‘AgriStart has the potential to support those passionate about a future in agriculture and horticulture through supporting their training needs. Our hope is that this will ensure the sector’s vitality for years to come. I would encourage any young person interested to seize this opportunity by learning more at wales.lantra.co.uk/agristart or contact us on wales@lantra.co.uk.’

Lantra Wales is running the project, and the work is being supported by Powys County Council and is funded by the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund. Lantra is one of the foremost awarding bodies for agricultural training in the UK, and have been working to provide qualifications for those in the industry for over 40 years.

Councillor David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys and Chair of the Powys Shared Prosperity Fund Local Partnership Board, said:

‘One of the key challenges facing Powys is an aging population, particularly in the agricultural sector. This project is a vital step in preparing young individuals with the right skills and certifications, encouraging a young and dynamic workforce in the sector. Our aim is to ensure learners have a positive and influential training experience, setting them on a path to continued professional development and a fulfilling career in agriculture and horticulture.’

To learn more about the project follow this link to Lantra Wales’s website.

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