£20m for rural firms

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A NEW £20 million scheme to help provide work-based training for rural businesses has been announced by farming minister, Jim Paice.

Defra’s Skills and Knowledge Framework, provided through the Rural Development Programme for England, will offer a subsidised vocational training programme to help improve business skills.

There will be training opportunities in business management and computer skills (ICT), improving resource efficiency, developing leadership qualities, and improving animal health and welfare.

Businesses will also be able to apply for training to improve traditional rural and farming skills and take new business opportunities in rural tourism.