Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, met with Clydesdale resident Lynsey Paterson in parliament as part of a celebration of the Rural Leaders programme. The Rural Leaders programme is set up to provide young farmers and rural business managers the chance to develop important skills, such as increasing confidence, leadership, decision making and communication abilities.
The Rural Leadership programme involves 12 days of workshops, focus sessions and exciting innovation projects. The event in parliament provided an opportunity for MSPs to learn more about the programme and discover the benefits it provides.
Commenting on this Campbell, who is also the Minister for Children and Young People, said:
“I had a great time at the Rural Leaders event in the parliament, where I met Lynsey who is a member of Biggar Young Farmers Club. She is undoubtedly a young rural leader of the future.
“The Rural Leaders programme is a fantastic initiative to unlock the potential of young people and develop important life skills. By encouraging the development of skills at a young age, it helps to ensure the best possible start for young people as they enter the world of work.
“I commend Scottish Enterprise for the fantastic programme they are running, which I know will make a big difference to rural young people across Scotland.”
Lynsey Paterson said:
“I really enjoyed my visit to the parliament where I met Aileen and told her about the Rural Leaders programme. The range of skills I developed during my time will definitely serve me well in the years to come. I would advise anyone with an interest to look into it and consider taking part, it is a great opportunity.”
More information on the Scottish Enterprise & the Rural Leaders programme can be found here: www.sayfc.org/news/2015-08-31/scottish-enterprise-rural-leadership-programme.