Lantra to receive five-year "licence to skill" UK's aquaculture industry –

Lantra to receive five-year “licence to skill” UK’s aquaculture industry Fish Farming Today Published:  28 June, 2004

LANTRA, the body responsible for training and business development in the UK’s environmental and land-based companies, will receive a five-year licence to operate from the government this week.

Securing the licence means that the two-year old body will be able to continue its drive to boost skills in the aquaculture and fisheries management industries in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The licence is to be awarded to the body by Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke, at a ceremony on June 29th.

Employers and representatives from across the 17 environmental and land-based industries that Lantra represents, have been invited to celebrate the achievement at a VIP reception and skills debate at the House of Commons.

The award of the licence follows a successful two-year period that saw Lantra established as one of only five ‘trailblazer’ Sector Skills Councils in the UK. The network is expanding, and now comprises 23 fully licensed or aspirational Sector Skills Councils that make up the Skills for Business network.

Lantra is an employer-led organisation, representing the interests of over 400,000 businesses and 1.5 million workers in the environmental and land-based industries in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Clarke and Alun Michael, Minister for Rural Affairs, will speak at the event. It will be followed by a skills debate, hosted by a UK television presenter Nick Ross.

It is hoped that the debate will encourage employers and industry representatives to speak out about the skills issues that are affecting their industries, and to discuss how Lantra can work together with businesses to address them.