Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…TRUST LAUNCHES TRAINING PROJECT FOR NEW FARMERSPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, December 1st 2015
THE National Trust has launched a two-year project to address skills and training development in the farming sector and to support new entrants into the industry.
The £300,000 project – sponsored by Barclays – will help companies develop and share skills, knowledge and experience to meet the challenges they face in 21st century farming. Training will be targeted at the 2,000 tenant companies on trust land with the lessons learnt shared with the government.
The trust looks after around one quarter of the Lake District National Park, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike; her deepest lake, Wast Water; and more than 90 farms. Almost all the central fell area and major valley heads are owned or leased by the trust.
Peter Nixon, director of conservation at the trust, said: “The pace of change means many companies risk being left without the skills and experience they need.”
Sir Don Curry, chair of the Sustainable Farming and Food Implementation Group for Defra, said: “This important and welcome project will help the government and farming industry understand better the needs of companies and the support needed to encourage new entrants into farming.”