Argyll farmers asked for views on training
THE views and opinions of members in Argyll and the isles are being collated by NFU Scotland to improve the provision of training and access to courses.
A local survey was launched on March 29 following concerns raised by members over the past 12 months regarding cost and accessibility to courses. The survey results will allow NFUS to approach training providers about what members would like to see.
Training is often required for those working in agriculture 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 for Argyll and the Isles, John Dickson, said: ‘Training is integral to 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.’