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Farm Business Skillnet is the training division of IFA providing training and upskilling to both the IFA Volunteer Structure and to groups of IFA Members who wish to engage in training in specific areas. There are many benefits of participating in skillnets training including:

  • Increased productivity, efficiency and skill levels among farmers trained
  • Increased confidence in your own abilities
  • An opportunity to liaise, converse and network with your peers

How do I avail of training?

Volunteer Training

IFA Volunteer training is organised through the County Chair and the Local IFA Office.

Group Training

A minimum number of participants in order to facilitate a group training request.   (This minimum varies from course to course – but roughly 10 participants is required for most courses.)

Discussion Groups

If you are a Discussion Group or Purchasing Group you can avail of training.  Or if you are an individual perhaps you could get additional numbers from within your local IFA Branch.

How much does a course cost?

The cost of a course depends on your group requirements:
–    Type course
–    Length
–    Number of participants
Grant funding of 30% – 40% is available. The remaining cost is payable by the course participants.

I am part of a Discussion Group. What criteria do we need to meet in order to qualify for funding?

While all Discussion / Purchasing Groups can avail of training through the IFA’s Farm Business Skillnet, only participants with fully paid IFA membership qualify for grant funding.
Courses are very specifically tailored to suit the needs of each discussion group.

Current Courses

Below are some examples of courses we have engaged in, but should you require training in any area not specified below Farm Business Skillnet will be happy to source a trainer in any area required by Farmers;
–    IT/Agri Apps
–    Finance / Taxation / Funding Applications
–    Personal Development
–    Leadership and Negotiation
–    Health & Safety
Job seekers and those on Farm Assist can avail of a place on any of our courses free of charge (subject to availability) and should see www.skillnets.ie for other training opportunities

Upcoming Courses

All courses are available on demand, however this is subject to having sufficient numbers to run a course in your area.  If you are a Discussion Group / Purchasing Group it is usually quite easy to secure a trainer for any area you might be interested in.

If you are an individual Farmer interested in training, you will need sufficient numbers to book a course. We would recommend you approach your fellow Branch members.  Alternatively you can forward your details and the training you are interested in to skillnet@ifa.ie and you will be contacted if and when a suitable course comes up in your area.

Contact Us

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Network Manager: Celine Reynolds
Email:  skillnet@ifa.ie 
Call:     01 426 0324

For further details on courses available contact the network manager and a limited number of places on each training course are available to job-seekers free of charge.

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