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New Entrants Industry Links

Links Specific To New Entrants

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government provide dedicated financial support for new and young entrants through the Scottish Rural Development Programme under three dedicated funding schemes:

  • Young farmers Start-Up Grant Scheme
  • New Entrants Start-Up Grant Scheme
  • New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme

New Entrants Group

The New Entrants Group provides a forum to discuss farming issues facing new entrants who are in the early years of developing their farming enterprises.

Farmers Apprentice

The Farmers Apprentice is a nationwide competition to recruit fresh talent into the farming industry. The idea is to pick 10 stand-out apprentices between the ages of 18-25 to take part in an intensive, three-day farming 'bootcamp'. The person who impresses our judges the most will win &#x00a310,000 cash which could kick-start a career in farming. The provide useful insights into the competition, judges and some successful new entrants to farming.

Forestry Commission's Starter Farms

The Forestry Commission are piloting two starter farms in Scotland to provide new entrants an opportunity to break intro the industry. Check their website for details of any further open opportunities.

Farmers Weekly Interactive

Farmers Weekly Interactive have a dedicated forum to discuss and debate issues facing new entrants across the UK.

Tenant Farming Forum

Scotland's Tenant Farming Forum aims to help promote a healthy farm tenanted sector including ensuring there is mobility allowing for new entrants and retirements.


LANTRAs Modern Apprenticeship in Agriculture is designed to deliver a training package around a minimum standard of competence defined by employers through Sector Skills Councils. there are 3 basic criteria: (a) a relevant S/NVQ (or alternative competency based qualifications); (b) core skills; (c) industry specific training.

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