by Countryside Alliance

The Scottish Government has announced that a new service is being launched to match rural businesses with potential employees and volunteers connected to the farming and animal welfare sector, during the response to COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Skills Matching Service (SMS) will ensure that key businesses, such as farms, crofts and organisations which need help to continue to meet their animal welfare obligations, are able to find workers with relevant skills and experience. 

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing said: "It's vital the Scottish agriculture sector can continue to produce the food that our country needs. Equally, the industry and individuals must continue to meet our animal welfare obligations. 

"This Skills Matching Service (SMS) has the potential to enable everyone with livestock and multiple animals to get the labour support and help they need during the pandemic."

You can read more about this new service here

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