A Land and Nature Skills Service for Cumbria?
24th February 2022
Recommendation for a Land and Nature Skills Service for Cumbria
A proposal for a Land and Nature Skills Service (LANSS) for Cumbria was developed through an initial 12-month collaboration from October 2020. This involved dozens of organisations and individuals to consider how we address the needs for a highly skilled, localised workforce.
There are organisations poised to deliver and already delivering on these needs, but there are also gaps in skills, knowledge and training to be filled. Locally, the loss of Newton Rigg College – the only land-based college in Cumbria - exacerbated the gaps and led to the ‘Cumbria strategy for post-16 land-based education, skills and knowledge transfer’ at the end of 2020.
A scoping study for a Land and Nature Skills Service (LANSS) for Cumbria was completed in December 2022, following an extensive co-design process co-ordinated by FFCC.
The study took a detailed look into whether and how a LANSS could best support a skilled Cumbrian workforce fit for the future. It was an iterative and collaborative process shaped by a Working Group and hosted opportunities to feed into the process, and provides a basis for any further development. The LANSS Blueprint provides a practical reference guide for implementation of the service.
This work goes some way to support a skilled, inclusive workforce fit for the future of land-and nature-based work in Cumbria which is needed to meet the needs of communities and our natural environment. Sustaining collaborative work locally to implement the service is now key.
We are now in the transition phase of the LANSS (as outlined in the blueprint), moving towards implementation of the Service.
Our feasibility report and annexes present the findings of the scoping study.
The needs for a LANSS were identified as:
The LANSS could aim to:
LANSS Enquiries: please contact Tania Lemmey [firstname.lastname@example.org].