Views of Argyll and Islands Members Sought About Their Training Needs

The views and opinions of members in Argyll and Islands are being collated by NFU Scotland to improve the provision of training and access to courses.

A local survey was launched on 29 March following concerns raised by members over the last 12 months regarding cost and accessibility to courses. The survey results will allow NFU Scotland to approach training providers about what members would like to see to facilitate the provision of better training more locally.

Training is often required for those working in the agricultural industry requiring employers to provide their employees with information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonable practicable, safe working practices. The self-employed also have a duty to ensure their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their working activities.  Other courses might be needed to meet more practical requirements.

NFU Scotland’s Regional Chairman Argyll and Islands, John Dickson commented: “Training is an integral part of any agricultural business, and it should be easily accessible and affordable to allow businesses to comply with health and safety provisions.

“The diverse geography of Argyll and Islands can create added complexities, with poor broadband, longer travel, and higher costs, than may be seen elsewhere, and this is something that should be taken into consideration by training providers.

“We’re keen to hear from our members to gain a better understanding about what their training needs are and how we can assist in delivering them.”

Notes to Editors


Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Author: Ruth McClean

Date Published:

News Article No.: 50/17

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Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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