MSP welcomes funding to address rural gender imbalance

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed a new scheme that will help to address inequality and provide opportunities for women interested in a career in rural and aquaculture sectors.

The Women in the Rural Economy Training Fund will give women the chance to develop their skills and talents with the help of £100,000 worth of practical training provided by the Scottish Government.

The fund follows on from the Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund, which opened last month.

The aim of the funding is to help address the current gender imbalance within a range of industries including land-based engineering, conservation and aquaculture.

The scheme will be administered by Lantra Scotland and will provide practical, skills training with full funding of up to £500 per course. Support for courses above this value will be assessed on a case by case basis by a review panel.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said

I fully support this scheme to help address inequality and provide opportunities for women interested in a career in rural settings.

There is a clear need for providing women with more access to training and reskilling opportunities. We know that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women’s jobs and incomes so funding such as this is more important than ever.

It is essential we are investing and ensuring that there is no gap in provision when it comes to upskilling women with technical knowledge and practical training experience.

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