Regional minister Rosie Winterton praises work of LandSkills initiative

An MP has heaped praise on an initiative that has funded training for hundreds of staff in horticulture and other land-based sectors.

Regional minister Rosie Winterton used the first anniversary of LandSkills Yorkshire and Humber to stress its importance for beefing up staff skills.

"LandSkills fulfils a crucial role in boosting skills and training in the region's horticultural, agricultural and forestry industries," she said.

The initiative subsidises training to improve the efficiency and potential of staff across the sectors.

Winterton said: "Agricultural and rural businesses play an important role in helping to provide jobs and investment in our communities."

LandSkills helped 870 people access over £360,000 worth of funded training and technical workshops in its first year.

LandSkills is managed by land-based sector-skills council Lantra on behalf of Yorkshire Forward regional development agency.

Funders include Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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