A shortage of skilled farm workers has prompted a new collaboration between the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and three machinery rings to provide discounted practical training for rural youth.
The Borders Machinery Ring, Tayforth Machinery Ring and Highland Machinery Ring will be involved in training young people in forklift, chainsaw, welding, sprayer, ATV and pest control management skills.
SAYFC national chairman Stuart Jamieson said the emergence of the skills shortage meant it had become essential to provide training.
“This in turn will not only improve the level of skills available within the agricultural sector but play a crucial role improving health and safety,” he said.
“This affordable, practical training will be delivered at a venue and time to suit them with the sessions exclusive to their group. This will give them the confidence to ask questions and gain the relevant knowledge required to support their careers.”
Lynne Macarthur, of Highlands Machinery Ring, said the ring was very proud to be working with SAYFC to increase the opportunities available to young people and in turn help sustain the future of the agricultural sector.
The programme is now open for bookings, and anyone interested should contact the SAYFC National Office on 0131 333 2445 or email@example.com.