The winners of Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) were announced on Thursday 4th March at a special virtual ceremony.

Young people aged 18-35 in Scotland are invited to take part in a free 48 hour virtual ‘hackathon’, alongside peers from other parts of the North Atlantic region.

The event, ‘Think Rural, Think Digital, Think Ahead!’ will be, held over 19-21 March. It will engage young people from across Scotland, Coastal Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Maine and Ontario to develop joint solutions to shared challenges.

Rural Youth Café

The Rural Youth Café returns on Tuesday 23rd February from 6.30pm with a very special one-hour session, joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes and the new Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Ben Macpherson.
Both taking on senior leadership roles at a young age, and still only in their 30s, they have a real passion for supporting young people and rural communities.
They will share their journey from grassroots to government, and how they ensure the rural voice is heard.

A select group of Scotland’s top trainees and rural learners have been named as finalists for Lantra Scotland’s 19th Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills (the ALBAS). The winners will be announced at a special virtual ceremony taking place on Thursday 4th March 2021.

Funding to help more vulnerable young people across Scotland into work has been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Part of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, the £986,702 investment will provide specialist pre-employment support for an additional 1,300 16 and 17-year-olds.

Two existing programmes delivered in partnership with the third sector - Our Future Now and Discovering Your Potential – will provide the support.  

New network set up to give platform for young people across Scotland’s islands.

Children and young people from all 96 of Scotland’s inhabited islands will be able to have their say and make their voice heard on issues in their communities through the setting up of a new forum.

New funding of £1 million will mean more children can reap the benefits of outdoor play and learning, whatever the weather.

Nurseries and other Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings can apply to the fund for help to buy winter clothing for young children who need it.   

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced two new incentives to increase apprenticeships and create opportunities for young people.

The £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant is being extended to include parents on low incomes whose children are asked to self-isolate, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville announced today.

The grant will also become available to those who may be eligible for Universal Credit, but have not yet applied.

The first organisations to back the Young Person’s Guarantee have been announced by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

In a collective effort to help young people, the Scottish Government has been joined by SSE, Capgemini, NHS Lothian and Standard Life Aberdeen in making the commitment to ensure everyone aged from 16 to 24 has the opportunity of work, education or training.