Ar­gyll farm­ers asked for views on train­ing

The Oban Times - - Farming -

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.’

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