A Land and Nature Skills Service for Cumbria?
24th February 2022
A proposal for a Land and Nature Skills Service (LANSS) for Cumbria was developed through an initial 12-month collaboration from October 2020. This involved dozens of organisations and individuals to consider how we address the needs for a highly skilled, localised workforce.
There are organisations poised to deliver and already delivering on these needs, but there are also gaps in skills, knowledge and training to be filled. Locally, the loss of Newton Rigg College – the only land-based college in Cumbria - exacerbated the gaps and led to the ‘Cumbria strategy for post-16 land-based education, skills and knowledge transfer’ at the end of 2020.
This next phase is a 6-month scoping study (January-July 2022), taking a detailed look into whether and how a LANSS could best support a skilled Cumbrian workforce fit for the future. This is an iterative and collaborative process shaped by a Working Group and hosting opportunities to feed into the process.
The scoping study will appraise options including governance, legal status and funding by:
The focus is on a LANSS that would be centred in Cumbria incorporating skills for land- and nature-based work in upland landscapes. Users of the LANSS would be Cumbria-wide (and beyond), with a focus on post-16 and lifelong learning, training and knowledge exchange. This scope provides a basis for any further development.
The needs for a LANSS were identified as:
The LANSS could aim to:
Key topics to be included in feasibility and blueprint:
How to get involved
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