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New Skills Standards for Crofters and Smallholders

Following an extensive review of the jobs, skills and activities performed by crofters and smallholders, Lantra has announced that new National Occupational Standards are now available to use.


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Lantra, the Sector Skills Council supporting farmers and growers, lead the UK-wide project, producing a comprehensive list of skills needed by crofters and smallholders to run their holdings in a competent and effective way. National Occupational Standards (NOS) reflect the diverse nature of crofting and smallholding and the project gave the industry the opportunity to ensure their ways of working were accurately reflected.

Willie Fergusson, Lantra’s National Director said: “The Crofting and Smallholding NOS were developed because industry told us new standards were needed. NOS are a great tool to use when running a business as they can be used to identify the skills needed, highlight best practice and identify skills gaps. They can also form the basis of training and qualifications.”

Industry representatives from across the UK worked with Lantra to define the content of the Standards. Now Lantra is asking crofters and smallholders to have a look and make use of them.

Eleanor Arthur, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation said: "This is the culmination of a great deal of work and we are very pleased with the result. Crofters and smallholders tend to be modest about the skills they have and the NOS shows that a great deal of ability is needed to run their business. This will be especially useful for helping our new entrants to identify skills gaps and to source training. The SCF crofting skills training course will be available soon to provide it."

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