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Report Segment: Anglia Rural Training

Anglia Rural Training

The Training Association West is one of the partners in the Anglia Rural Training (ART) consortium – a delivery agent for LandSkills East. Jo Bruce runs the training association and through ART, has been involved in the RDP training programme from its inception. She is wary of the drive for vocational qualifications among the workforce and suggests that employers are looking for specific skills delivered through short courses as opposed to long work based assessments based on proving competence.

The Training Association does not offer apprenticeships because they don’t currently fit in with the company ethos of delivering short upskilling programmes which employers seek. But Jo Bruce believes that training associations such as hers, could provide a vital bridge between employers and colleges especially for marketing apprenticeships. With a client base of hundreds of small rural companies, they are in an ideal position to market apprenticeships but Jo is concerned about the quality of the training on offer – and would need to be reassured that it was a good offer before taking it to her clients.

Training courses are wide ranging and include the BASIS (originally known as the ‘British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme’ and relating to the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986) Certificate; FACTS (Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme) award; MIG and ARC welding; health & safety courses; risk assessment as well as fork lift; first aid; and tractor driving among many others.