21 January 2000

Skilled jobs on rise

A REPORT launched by land-based training organisation Lantra in London this week claims up to 40,000 unskilled land-based jobs could go in the next five years.

But a predicted rise in skilled jobs, particularly in environment and conservation, could more than offset that loss. "There is a distinct trend towards workers needing higher skill levels," said Richard Winterton, Lantras development director.

The 80-page document outlines a survey of 7400 businesses – including 3000 farms – which suggests employers want staff to be better trained, with 45% seeing basic IT skills becoming essential.

Under farm minister, Nick Browns, £1.6bn deal for rural development announced last month, £22m is available over the next six years for training. Lantra will meet industry bosses to discuss whether its skills predictions are correct, and, if so, how training can be provided. &#42