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Farmers encouraged to take advantage of funding for agricultural courses

Wed, 10 May 2023

Farmers are being encouraged to take advantage of new funding that’s been made available for the range of agricultural courses at University College Isle of Man (UCM).

There are five courses to choose from - Tractor Driving & Related Operations, Basic Stockmanship & Welfare, Safe Transport of Animals, Telehandler Award and Computers for Farmers (covering basic bookkeeping and use of social media).

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) has committed to fund 40% of the cost of the Tractor Driving & Related Operations course and Basic Stockmanship & Welfare course for the first year. Applicants must work within the agricultural sector and should contact the Manx National Farmers Union (MNFU) for funding guidance prior to booking their place with UCM. MNFU can also offer 10% top up funding for Members or Associates.

The courses are predominantly accredited by City & Guilds and include either a form of assessment or exam.

The trial was an initiative following consultation between MNFU, following feedback from the industry and UCM. The courses on offer support development within the farming community or where there is a legal requirement. 


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