Rural training gets £20m boost

Aspiring business people in rural areas will be able to get specialist training as part of the government’s latest drive towards rural economic growth.

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced yesterday that 90,000 aspiring business people will feel the benefit of a £20m investment going into the training scheme.

Paterson said: “Having the right skills to run a business is crucial if budding entrepreneurs want to be successful. For too long the needs of rural business people have been overlooked. Those days are now over. Businesses in the remotest parts of the country will now have access to the best training so they can grow and help our country to compete even more in the global race.”

According to the organisation, it will meet 70% of the training costs with support from the Rural Development Programme for England, while the remaining costs will be met by the individuals or their employers.

Learning needs will be met through a range of workshops including full industry recognised qualifications. Classes will be held at college campuses, in village halls, on farms and in business centres.