Lantra Scotland Annual Review 2021-22

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Lantra Scotland

Annual Review 2021-22

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Foreword Liz Barron-Majerik, Lantra Scotland Director The work of Lantra in Scotland is aligned with the priorities of the Scottish Government and supports delivery in a wide range of areas including education and training, farming, environment, aquaculture, forestry, climate change and food and drink. To support the rural economy and enhance Scotland’s natural environment, we work to increase the number and diversity of employees in Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture sector and help to drive their skills development. We do this in close partnership with the Scottish Government, education partners, workforce development and skills agencies, trade organisations, membership bodies and individual businesses. Our work evolves to meet the changing priorities of the multiple industries we serve, aligning with the priorities of the Scottish Government. Whether it be working in partnership with SkillSeeder to administer the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Practical Training Fund, delivering the Agricultural Modern Apprenticeship pilot, supporting instructor development or the continued delivery of the Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund and the Women in Rural Economy Training Fund, we continue our commitment to find innovative solutions to the skills challenges faced by the sector. We increased our focus on raising the number and profile of our Industry Champions and other key sector leads and ambassadors. Working with the Scottish Schools Education Resource Centre (SSERC) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador hubs we continue to grow and facilitate a national network of

ambassadors, accessible to careers influencers, teachers, and community groups. Lantra is investing in developing the careers resource across the UK which will complement existing work in Scotland, updating and extending our virtual presence, designing and creating new web pages to have a wider reach and scope than ever before. Although this work is ongoing, we are confident that it will become the ‘one-stop-shop’ for anyone looking for a career or training within the sector, as well as a hub for news and updates on developing projects. However, we are also maintaining our outreach activities and have continued to deliver them throughout 2021-22, whether these have been virtual or face to face, live or recorded, for individuals or an audience of thousands, we have worked hard to ensure they were both engaging and effective. Lantra also plays an important role in ensuring that our industries are directly engaged in the development of standards, qualifications and apprenticeships so that they are fit for purpose and meet employers’ needs. In 2021-22 this also included support for Standards and Frameworks colleagues working with Skills Development Scotland and industry partners to pilot a fresh approach to developing qualifications and apprenticeships. Our research and engagement in apprenticeship delivery informed our priorities for capacity building into 2022 and beyond and has helped to increase uptake of apprenticeships in our sector. This annual report covers the period April 2021 to March 2022, and the work plan on which it is based can be viewed here.

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Promoting positive and rewarding career choices to a diverse audience We work to ensure more young people, career changers and career influencers have a better understanding of the rewarding career opportunities that exist in the land-based and aquaculture sector. Our support helps more employers and employees to be actively engaged in championing skills and career opportunities.

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industry career videos including 2 ‘Jim Gets a Job for the Day’ videos with farmer and comedian Jim Smith to help challenge preconceptions about our industries and promote opportunities for new entrants.

interactive Presentations covering Agriculture, Animal Care, Equine, Environmental Conservation, Fisheries Management, Game and Wildlife, Horticulture, Land-based Engineering, Trees & Timber.

entries for the first forestry and aquaculture themed STEM week competitions for primary and secondary schools: The Chief Forester’s Challenge and the Aquaculture in Scotland Challenge.

new Forestry and Aquaculture STEM Ambassadors recruited.

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new career case studies across Scotland’s land-based and aquaculture sector.


attendees at our ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) returning to a face-to-face event again, which was

also livestreamed.



career brochures redesigned with a greater focus on sustainability and technology.

parents, teachers, career advisers, pupils and Developing the Young Workforce regional staff attended our VirtRural Careers event’ “My class enjoyed learning about game-keeping, this was not something they had come across before.” “The presenters were top notch. I enjoyed their energy and enthusiasm. A great example of Zoom/Teams at its best.” “Great to see how many entry routes and opportunities there are for me.”

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Industry Champions Through the initiative we help to inspire the next generation of learners and support skills development. Our Champions have all been finalists in our ALBAS and recognised for demonstrating inspirational qualities and making outstanding contributions to the workplace.

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Our Industry Champions


partnership career initiatives were supported.


new 2021 ALBAS finalists became Champions.

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personal development training sessions for our Industry Champions, covering delivering virtual presentations and improving how you share your knowledge and skills.

sessions run for Industry Champions, including the annual Knowledge Exchange event, providing them with opportunities to learn from each other, provide support and foster relationships.

Lantra Scotland | Annual Review 2021 - 22 | Page 9 DYW #NoWrongPath IndustryChampions participated on examresults day Presented on STEM in land-based and aquaculture careers on DYW Live Presented with SAIC on aquaculture careers on DYW Live

Lantra Scotland Careers Activity 2021-22


Orkney North Highland

Presentation DYW West Highland School Coordinators Presentation Plockton High School S3 Mock Interviews S6 Meeting DYW School Coordinator

Outer Hebrides West Highland

Presentation Islay High School female students on agriculture Meeting DYW School Coordinator for Port Glasgow High School and Clydeview Academy Video STEM West event Meeting Lesmahagow High School Biology and Science Teacher/ PT Developing the Young Workforce Bang Goes DG! Online event Meeting Teacher St Joseph’s College Meeting Dumfries House Farming and Rural Skills Coordinator Presentations DYW Live industry focussed sessions Lantra Scotland’s VirtRural Careers Event Meetings DYW Live Meeting Speakers for Schools Meeting Good Food Champions

Inverness & Central Highland Moray North East

Forth Valley

Dundee & Angus

Argyll & Bute

Perth & Kinross

West Glasgow Ayrshire Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire Dumfries & Galloway

Fife Edinburgh Midlothian & East Lothian West Lothian Borders Meeting RAiSE West Lothian Presentations to Cedarbank School Presentation Eyemouth High School S4-S6 Horticulture class

Meeting DYW School Coordinator Buckie High and Keith Grammar Schools Video Speyside High School Positive Pathways event Meeting Invergordon Academy Rural Skills Teacher Presentations Countryside Learning Scotland CLPL Teachers session Excelerate School Leaver Profile Events Kemnay Academy Meeting Employer School Coordinator for Banchory and Aboyne Academies Meeting DYW School Coordinator Excelerate Career Expo Online event videos, padlet, industry panel sessionwith Industry Champions Event Royal Norther Spring Show RNCI event Meeting DYW School Coordinator for Crieff High School and The Community School of Auchterarder Meetings DYW Perth and Kinross to update on activities Meeting DYW School Coordinator for Kinross High School Event Glenalmond College Careers Fair Meeting DYW School Coordinator Breadalbane Academy and Pitlochry High School Meeting Fife Pupil Support Services Presentation Holyrood High School S5 Event Holyrood High School P7 Think Ahead Day Presentation The Larder students

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business and stakeholder engagement events supported.

Supported UK collegues in Standards and Frameworks to deliver the review of aquaculture apprenticeships and with the early planning and industry engagement activities ahead of development work on the new ‘land use’ apprenticeships.

Scotland team took part in a forest therapy

personal development day which improved awareness and understanding of wellbeing in relation to our work across Scotland. We also attended neurodiversity training and completed IT security training on phishing.


team members are now mental health first aiders. A Kickstart trainee was taken on to support a new career resource project.

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Influencing learning and training provision We work to increase awareness and understanding of learning and training provision ensuring skills policies, strategies and support reflect the needs of our sector. We also promote the uptake of land-based learning and training.

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Skills briefing event on Practical Skills for a Changing Planet was delivered.


individuals have been supported by The Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund.


applications to the new Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Practical Training Fund, supported by the Scottish Government.

Research commisoned and

supported by Lantra to evaluate the demand from employers and schools for a new face-toface, practical training centre in aquaculture.


individuals have been supported by the Women in the Rural Economy Practical Training Fund.

Rural women were

filmed to promote the benefits of upskilling for the rural community.

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participants recruited to the NTTF project, including 6 women and 15 people under 40. Produced 5 case studies. An independent project evaluation was positive and highlighted what worked well and what lessons we might usefully learn.

Launched the Rural Employers’ Toolkit with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.

Created advertorial page for Scottish Apprenticeship week in the Scottish Farmer on behalf of the Skills for Farming Group.



business case studies were produced, highlighting the benefits of training staff.

being Scoping work supported for a Peatland Restoration pre-apprenticeship programme.

development of a school workshop to raise awareness and understanding of career opportunities and to gauge pupils’ impressions of the land-based sector.

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Driving investment in learning and skills development We increase awareness and understanding of the business benefits and improved performance of investing in learning, skills development and training.

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employers supported through Lantra’s Agriculture Modern Apprenticeship pilot to help promote the value of vocational training across the agricultural industry, with a final report highlighting what had worked well and areas for improvement.

skills groups supported in Aquaculture, Forestry and Horticulture along with the Skills for Farming Group, and led on the Sector Attractiveness subgroup.

the Geopa-Copa Growing the Presented atFuture: Enhancing the Attractiveness

initiatives, including Supported partner the Scottish Partnership against

of the Agricultural sector international conference on ‘Supporting Talent Attraction’.

Rural Crime (SPARC), actively contributing to the development of the next SPARC strategy and helping to promote their work.

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Delivered a session

at College Development Network College Expo21 entitled “Aquaculture in Lockdown – first-hand experiences”

Contributed to the

work being undertaken by UHI on behalf of the Forestry Commission in England, looking at alternative approaches to the delivery of forestry training. Discussions have centred around a UK Forestry Academy or Hub, which has the potential to be of huge significance in the support of skills development in forestry.

of SkillSeeder with applications now going Supported development through the app for the Climate Change Fund. SkillSeeder is increasingly being recognised as the central access point for information on training and skills development opportunities.

Social Facebook page likes


Twitter followers


Instagram followers


Video views


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Looking forward to 2022-23 In the coming year, Lantra is committed to continue working closely with key partners and stakeholders.

Supporting the sector Skills Groups and delivery of associated Skills Action Plans.

Continuing to support the work of our Framework and Standards colleagues to ensure the in-depth review of vocational qualifications and training is informed and led by industry.



all our activities deliver best value.

with the Scottish Government to support the advancement of the sustainable rural economy through skills development of the workforce.

the public profile of our industry champions and other ambassadors.


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“Green skills are wide ranging and will be vital to delivering our future ambitions across sectors from nature‑based tourism, land and environmental management, forestry, green finance, and low carbon farming.” Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2020-21

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