Scotland opens upskilling fund to address climate change

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People who are part of, or wishing to enter a land or nature-based industry, can apply for funding support to gain practical skills required to respond to the climate change challenge.

Supported by Scottish Government funding of up to £250,000 and administered by Lantra Scotland, the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Practical Training Fund is open to applications for those aged 13 and over.

Courses offered could provide skills to improve soil health, undertake peatland and wetland restoration, increase biodiversity, reduce carbon footprints or reduce waste.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon commented on the announcement: “We know that we need to work together to meet our climate change ambitions, especially as we transition to sustainable agriculture in rural Scotland.

“So we want to empower people in our remote and rural communities by helping them get the skills required to address the emergencies facing the climate and nature and support a green recovery.

“The fund will be open until the end of March 2022, so I would encourage all those eligible to get their applications in as soon as possible to help play their part in making a difference for Scotland.”

Those eligible can apply for £500 or more for the cost of a “climate change badge” practical or technical training course through the Skillseeder platforms.

More information about the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Practical Training Fund is available on the Skillseeder website.