Farm Business Skillnet is the training division of IFA, providing training and up-skilling to both the IFA volunteer structure and to groups of IFA members.
There are many benefits of participating in Skillnet Ireland 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?
IFA Volunteer training is organised through the County Chair and the Local IFA Office.
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.)
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
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted if and when a suitable course comes up in your area.
For further details on courses available contact Celine Reynolds, our network manager.
Farm Business Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the farming. A number of other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, see the Skillnet Ireland website.