Exhibition celebrates women's work in land-based industries

Sector skills council Lantra has teamed up with the Imperial War Museum to celebrate the work of women in land-based industries over the generations.

Former land girls met with women who have gone through Lantra's Women & Work programme at a special Wartime Farm exhibit as part of the museum's Ministry of Food exhibition.

Lantra national director for England Madge Moore said: "We are celebrating the Women & Work programme, which is a funded scheme that has helped women in land-based sectors to progress in their jobs and help the productivity of their businesses."

Programme director Lyndsay Bird added: "The programme has been running for four years and it's on its last year so we are looking for further funding for another four years in the Government's spending review.

"We have more than 3,000 participants throughout England through flexible training and they have learnt technical, managerial and computer training skills."

He continued: "The land-based industries are very much male-dominated and the Equalities Commission recognises that. The programme is here to give people who are already in the business the opportunity to go up in the business and to have more skills and greater responsibility."

Bordon Hill Nurseries human resources officer Michelle Dale went through the programme to gain membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She said: "I have worked for the company for nearly eight years and it has always been very supportive in the past with previous training.

"Lyndsay Clark came in to the company and did a presentation on the funding available - through the funding I was able to get my NVQ level 5 in personnel strategy through flexible training to study while still continuing with my day-to-day job."

She added: "The company as a whole has managed to put 15 people through the programme because we do have a major shortage of women in the industry."

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