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Dorset-based Newlands Training Ltd, in conjunction with LANTRA (the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector) is offering funded training for women working in the agricultural and land-based environment, through its Women & Work Programme. Applicants must hurry though as there are only 12 places left for the 2009 intake.

Newlands Training Ltd, based in Dorchester has provided rural training across Devon & Dorset for over 20 years, offering a range of short courses including fork lift truck courses either ”in-house” or at one of its training sites in Dorset. Lesley Simpson, managing director, has chosen to offer the funded Women and Work programme to assist the training and progression of women within agriculture, land-based engineering, horticulture and environmental conservation.

“This is a great opportunity for women to really improve their skills. The aim of the course is to train women so they gain more credible presence within a very male dominated area. I know how challenging it can be for women, having worked in agriculture and countryside skills for many years. This funded training could also apply to women looking to change career due to redundancy and lack of jobs within their known profession. With increasing unemployment it’s a perfect opportunity for people to gain new skills in areas such as tree survey inspection, FEPA spraying, chain saw and fork lift truck training, to improve chances of employment.” said Lesley Simpson.

To be eligible for the funded training you need to be working in a full-time or part-time position within one of the following industries: agriculture, fencing, environmental conservation, game and wildlife management, horticulture, land based engineering, landscape, trees and timber.

The course is supported with personal career development plans, where skills coaches will assess women’s current skills, provide face to face career assessments and develop personal training plans. On-going mentoring support will also be provided throughout the programme to ensure that the personal development requirements are achieved.

If you are interested in the Newlands Training Ltd LANTRA Women and Work Programme, or would like to know more about other courses including pesticide spraying, chain saw and fork lift truck training, please contact Lesley Simpson on 01305 848454 or mobile 07976 531649, or email

About Newlands Training Ltd

Newlands Training Ltd has provided rural training across Devon & Dorset for over 20 years offering a range of short courses such as chain saw and fork lift truck training either ”in-house” or at one of our training sites. Our roots lie with the Agricultural Training Board which no longer exists. The service of ”responsive” training is now offered by ourselves in the South of England.

We employ a wide range of professional trainers who continue to work in their vocational area. They strive to keep updated on the legislative areas of their skills and offer training courses as required.
Our trainees are assessed to meet the increasing demand to comply with Health and Safety guidelines and achieve Certificates of Competence in many work aspects. This leads towards Certification by the National Proficiency Test Council and Lantra Awards. Other awarding bodies are used for specialist courses as required.

Newlands Training Ltd is a member of the Lantra Professional Register.

Our specialties include:
• Chain Saw Training and Tree Climbing NPTC & Lantra Certification
• Forestry and Landscape Training and Certification
• Pesticide Spraying Courses and Certification
• Training and Certification to help comply with Health and Safety at work Act
• Rural and Conservation Skills
• Machinery Driving Skills and Certification. (i.e. Tractor Driving, Telescopic Handlers, Fork Lift Trucks and All Terrain Vehicles, 4×4 Off road)
• On-road Trailer driving Category B&E
• Pesticide Applications with NPTC certification

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