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Scottish Government: Skills matching service to help rural business. 09.04.20

Workers connected to farming and animal welfare sector.

A new service is being launched to match rural businesses with potential employees and volunteers during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Skills Matching Service (SMS) will ensure that key businesses, such as farms, crofts and organisations which need help to continue to meet their animal welfare obligations, are able to find workers with relevant skills and experience. 

Set up by Lantra Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government, the charity hopes to increase the number and diversity of employees in the land-based sector, and drive their skills development.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said:

“It’s vital the Scottish agriculture sector can continue to produce the food that our country needs.  Equally, the industry and individuals must continue to meet our animal welfare obligations.

“This Skills Matching Service (SMS) has the potential to enable everyone with livestock and multiple animals to get the labour support and help they need during the pandemic. 

More of the Full Report, Fergus Ewing's full statement, and useful links can be found HERE.

Employers looking to recruit a large number of key seasonal or unskilled workers for agricultural tasks should contact NFUS or register with Our Skillsforce Job Hub.

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