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WITH a number of new training options added to the already comprehensive range of business, technical and practical training courses available through Farming Connect, it’s time to check out your option

This year’s third and final application window for funding is open now until 17:00 Friday, 1 November 2019.

The programme, delivered by Lantra Wales on behalf of Farming Connect, provides a comprehensive range of training in numerous formats for eligible farm and forestry businesses registered with Farming Connect. Farming Connect, delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales, is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Director of Lantra Wales, Kevin Thomas, says that as the industry gears up for the uncertain trading conditions of the future, it is essential to have the necessary skills to run your business efficiently across all areas of work.

“I urge all registered businesses to consider their training options and apply during this, the final application window of 2019.

“Although there will be more application opportunities next year, we are keen to encourage every eligible member of your family who is not already registered, to sign up now and take advantage of the newly expanded range of courses available.

“All training is subsidised by up to 80% for registered businesses and provided your business is registered with Farming Connect you, your family members and PAYE workers can select any training they require,” said Mr. Thomas.

Farming Connect now offers more than 80 different training courses. In addition to the topics already available, the most recent training additions include food safety and meat processing courses; drone technology and health and safety training as well as business and animal health related courses such as cattle mobility scoring, safe use and application of slurry and faecal egg counting.

“By remaining responsive to market requirements, the range of training provided is constantly evolving and we believe we have something to offer every individual within every Welsh farm and forestry business,” said Mr. Thomas.

Every business and/or individual who wants to apply for training within the current application window will need to be registered with Farming Connect. If you are not already registered, contact the Farming Connect Service Centre before 17:00 on Monday, 28 October 2019. Different rates of funding apply.

Both business improvement and technical skills courses are funded by 80%. Machinery and equipment courses are funded by 40%. Other options, including online e-learning modules, IT courses and Animal Health and Welfare workshops are fully funded.

Before applying for training, every applicant will need to complete a Farming Connect online personal development plan (PDP). Support is available at specialist PDP workshops, arranged either by Farming Connect and attended by a Farming Connect regional development officer or by one of the approved training providers. For dates and locations of upcoming workshops visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/face-face-training-courses.

For further information on the skills application process, the Personal Development Plan (PDP) process and to download lists of all Farming Connect training courses and training providers, visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/face-face-training-courses or call the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813. Alternatively contact your local Farming Connect development officer.

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