Stirling Observer

Apply now for women in agricultur­e course

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NFU Scotland has welcomed the launch of a personal developmen­t programme for women in agricultur­e.

The Scottish Government-funded ‘Be Your Best Self’ programme is part of its vision to make Scottish agricultur­e a fairer, more inclusive industry, where farm succession is not determined by gender, training is accessible to everyone, and more women take on senior roles in agricultur­al organisati­ons.

The programme follows a successful pilot run in 201920 and will support up to 200 women over the next two literary giants such as poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and writer Dorothy Wordsworth who stayed in wicker huts at this jutting headland. These were built for ‘the accommodat­ion of strangers to admire and sketch this wild and picturesqu­e landscape’ and were made years. The 2021 course is already full but applicatio­ns for 2022 are now open. More details and the applicatio­n form can be found at https://www.ruralpayme­nts.org/ publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/women-inagricult­ure.

Several team members within NFU Scotland participat­ed in the pilot including Head of Policy Team Gemma Cooper who said: “From personal experience, this is an excellent programme and one that any woman working in Scottish agricultur­e should consider.

“This course is the next stage from work carried out by the Women in Agricultur­e Taskforce, a panel which included past NFUS President, Andrew McCornick. The pilot courses had excellent feedback and I know they were a huge benefit to those who attended them.

“Investment such as this can only be a positive thing for industry and for organisati­ons such as NFUS as it will help ensure that talented individual­s are enabled to progress in their careers and in representa­tive organisati­ons.”

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