Learning and skills

A series of workshops is about to start as part of the Farm Advisory Service's New Entrants Programme.

Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government. It provides information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.

Wood Works Enterprise Taster Weekend

Are you 18-24 years old, interested in setting up a woodland enterprise or developing your crafting skills with a view to selling your hand made products?

Then why not join us for this free taster weekend to try out new skills and think business!

WoodWorks Enterprise Taster Event

There is a great opportunity coming up for young folk in Scotland, with particular emphasis on Fife, though all are welcome.  This is a chance for young people who are interested in or have made a start establishing a woodland based business to come along and find out about the support that the WoodWorks  programme could offer.  

Digital skills training session

Voluntary Arts Scotland is bringing a digital skills training session to Inverness on 4 November, which is being funded by the Scottish Government as part of it's wider Digital Scotland programme delivered through SCVO's Digital Participation Charter Fund.

This training is specifically aimed at people aged 50+ who help run creative activity.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to set up and manage a Facebook group or page

  • Facebook advertising explained

  • How to edit photos and create posters and flyers using Canva 

RSPB Scotland have announced the shortlist for their Nature of Scotland Awards 2017.

The awards find and celebrate the most dedicated and passionate people working to protect Scotland's internationally renowned wildlife and habitats.

The Scottish Seabird Centre has unveiled plans for interactive exhibits to feature in the new proposed national marine centre at North Berwick.

A marine theatre, marine laboratory and a stunning observatory are just some of the planned exhibits at the proposed centre, which aims to become a must-visit destination as well as being a high-quality facility for people who live locally.

Nose to Tail Charcuterie

A practical course that will take you through all aspects of charcuterie.

Ideal for crofters, smallholders and anyone who has an interest in making their own dry cured meats at home.

Tutor: Rachel Hammond

Local Course Director: Claire Pepper, West Highland College

For further information or to book a place contact Donna on training@crofting.org or call 01343 209384.

Nose to Tail Charcuterie

A practical course that will take you through all aspects of charcuterie.

Ideal for crofters, smallholders and anyone who has an interest in making their own dry cured meats at home.

Tutor: Rachel Hammond

Local Course Director: Claire Pepper, West Highland College

For further information or to book a place contact Donna on training@crofting.org or call 01343 209384.

Access to Crofting Toolkit

Local course director: Becky Milne, West Highland College Broadford

An introduction to Scottish agriculture directly related to crofters and smallholders. Peer-to-peer support and a face-to-face training event with industry experts to give you a step up to starting out in crofting, taking on a croft or to update your knowledge and develop your crofting business.

This highly acclaimed two-day classroom-based course is designed specifically for new or aspiring crofters, successors, smallholders or anyone else interested in this traditional way of life.

The 2017 SURF Awards are now open for entries in five categories.

The SURF Awards are open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date.

The awards:

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