Please see our Home page for additional details on how to get help and support. Up to date posts are on “In It Together-Teesdale” (also accessible to those not on Facebook).
Despite the message above, please feel free to e-mail Julia Stephenson, Training Co-ordinator on email@example.com, as normal, for enquiries and support. She will be responding to e-mails from home and can also be contacted through our Office on 01833 641010.
If you would like to know more on accessing job related courses and funding please use the following links:
Employability Durham (see links below for details of projects and downloadable details)
Durham Employment & Skills http://www.utass.org/durham-employment-skills/
or Teesdale Action Partnership http://www.utass.org/teesdale-action-partnership/
Please also check out FREE ONLINE COURSES http://www.utass.org/free-online-training/ currently available. Examples are Level 2 Counselling Skills (Learning Curve) or Durham Community Action’s “Using Social Media to Stay Connected” or the insightful and very useful “Lantra Non-Technical Skills in Farming” https://www.lantra.co.uk/course/non-technical-skills-farming-e-learning
Unfortunately only online training is available currently due to Lockdown, but in normal circumstances we are able to arrange Lantra and National Proficiency & Training Council training and assessments (Spraying; Telehandler; Sheep Dip; Certificate of Competence for the Transport of Livestock; Chainsaw), Northumbria Dry Stone Walling Association taster courses (dates booked for Saturdays 29th May + 24th July ’21), Hedgelaying training, 2 Day British Wool shearing (date booked for Sat & Sun 26+27 June ’21), car or trailer lessons, quad bike training, Lantra 13-15 Tractor Driving, Tractor Pre-Test sessions, Paediatric/Emergency First Aid, Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators Ltd. record keeping “Mind Your Own Business”, basic IT and many others.
TRAINING – 2021
As well as the courses detailed below, we have had interest expressed in the following courses which we hope to be able to run. Please note there are links relating to many of these Lantra or NPTC qualifications at the bottom of this page.
NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip; NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides; Lantra Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting; Introduction to Hedgelaying + Hedgelaying (follow on course); NPTC Rough Terrain Telescopic
NPTC ROUGH TERRAIN TELESCOPIC
This training was held for one trainee only, to comply with Covid restrictions, on 11th February at the same venue in Hamsterley as previously, thanks to funding accessed from TAP Upskilling, Employability & Discretionary Fund.
BRITISH WOOL SHEARING COURSE (16 or 15+with parental consent)
British Wool have confirmed the two day course to be held on Saturday and Sunday, 26 & 27 June 2020 at Hill House, Woodland with spaces available. For further guidance on how to shear sheep from British Wool, please see step by step guidance on this link https://www.britishwool.org.uk/training-aids
DRYSTONE WALLING TASTER COURSE (14+)
After two courses held in 2019 with the Northumbria Dry Stone Walling Association’s brilliant instructor and Members on hand to help and of course no course during 2020, dates have been booked for 29th May and 24th July 2021 for the venue at Woodland. Five trainees can be accommodated on each course.
If you would like to know more about the Northumbria Drystone Walling Association please see https://www.dswa.org.uk/branch/northumbria/
Trainees and hosts at the Northumbria Drystone Walling Taster held at Woodland
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR TEESDALE BRANCH NFU MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES (from August 2020)
Teesdale Branch of the National Farmers Union are offering £4,000 of funding towards the cost of agricultural and farm related training courses, including diversified farm activities, at 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of £250, excluding VAT.
They are asking interested trainees who have been NFU members for a minimum of two years, or are direct family members or employees, to register at the NFU Barnard Castle Group Office on 01833 638286.
Once eligibility is confirmed by Peter Waistell, Group Secretary trainees should approach training providers, such as UTASS to check training availability and explore what is available. Once the agreed training has been completed, the NFU Office will require a receipted invoice from the trainer to reimburse the NFU member.
TAP UPSKILLING, EMPLOYABILITY & DISCRETIONARY PROJECT (August 2020 update)
Funding is still available for people aged 16+ living in the Teesdale area. The funding not only provides the opportunity for unemployed people to undertake training, gaining specific skills, moving them closer and/or into employment, it enables people employed in low paid jobs to acquire new/additional skills, enabling them to progress in their career and/or gain additional/new employment. The Discretionary element complements the project by removing barriers, preventing the clients accessing training, for example, travel, resources etc.
Prospective new employers, looking to engage suitably qualified employees, could also benefit as they can direct potential employees towards the project, if they are lacking relevant qualifications.
In today’s climate, due to Covid, the need for this funding is vital, to be able to respond to the demands of specific training needs, where there is no mainstream funding available.
For more information please contact Julia Stephenson Julia@utass.org at UTASS or Denise Hopps, Project Officer, Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078 (Ext3502) or firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAINING DELIVERED – 2020
NPTC CHAINSAW (16+)
NPTC Chainsaw training was held during week commencing 24th August 2020 for 4 trainees who accessed funding from Weardale Rural Skills Training at a Weardale venue. Further details on WRST appear below and although our second round of funding has just finished, we hope it might be possible for a third round to run and there is still a link to an application form for funding which gives an idea of the course list.
VEHICLE TRAINING TO IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY
Following the announcement of a fourth round of funding for £6840 from the Wellesley Trust Fund at The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, applications closed for driver training opportunities on Friday, 20th March. UTASS is so grateful that this funding has continued during 2020 for those who most need help and despite Lockdown, by the beginning of October almost all trainees had received their individual car driving lessons and all the car + trailer lessons have been completed, as well as all 4 trainees who have done their day’s accredited quad bike training (2 trainees per day). Two days of Lantra 13-15 Tractor Driving were held in February, which was very fortunate, as we’ve not been able to arrange any more of this training since, however we’ll be in touch with those who successfully applied as soon as we can. Please see 2019 images of this training below.
Photos by kind permission of the Teesdale Mercury.
Feedback from applicants who have accessed this opportunity in 2020 include “I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me. The knowledge and skills I have gained will allow me and my business to grow. I am now able to successfully expand my fencing part of the business as I can attend using my pickup and trailer.” Another trailer trainee commented “It definitely helped me pass my test and was good to revise my knowledge on general road and driving safety. I think it’s a great opportunity and has definitely helped me and many others.”
A car driving trainee added “The funding I received through UTASS was much appreciated and a great help towards the cost of learning to drive, especially during this difficult year where I had two cancelled tests and an enforced break resulting in the need for extra lessons. I have since continued my training and very recently passed my trailer test”.
Although places have been allocated from this latest round of funding, if you’d like to apply for any future funding, please complete and return the application form by downloading from this link Vehicle Training Application or forms are available from the UTASS Office to complete.
LEVEL 3 PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID (14+)
This training was held at UTASS on Saturdays 1st & 8th February, 2020, for those aged 14+. All nine trainees really enjoyed the training and left feeling much more confident to deal with an emergency situation. Those attending included four young people from our Drop In, who asked for this training and had a particular interest in this topic for their career prospects. They commented “Nearly everything I learnt was new and helped me.” “Yes, CPR and Defib” “I will use it (the knowledge & skills) if necesary and on my CV for future jobs.”
INTRODUCTION TO HEDGELAYING (16+)
This training had been postponed a week, due to bad weather, so we had even more bad weather on Friday & Saturday 21 + 22 February, 2020 at Woodside Farm, near Middleton-in-Teesdale with 4 trainees attending, with thanks to Raby Estate and Edwin Wood for all their help. Day one covered learning about hedgerows, health & safety and tool sharpening, mostly under cover and the second day was guided hedgelaying training. Burt Hunter, the trainer, commented “lads were great and showed heroic determination in venturing out in the teeth of driving rain and sleet”. We’d also like to thank local contractor Paul Seedhouse for taking down the fence around the hedge and then reinstating it. Without him donating his time and materials and working in such dreadful conditions, the course would never have happened – we are truly grateful. Thanks too for the Durham Hedgerow Partnership for sponsoring this training.
LEVEL 2 FOOD SAFETY IN CATERING -Thursday, 27th February 2020 at The Pathway, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SH – 13 trainees attended this free training arranged by Denise Hopps of Bishop Auckland College.
NPTC ROUGH TERRAIN TELESCOPIC (16+)
This course was held on 18th & 19th February, 2020 near Hamsterley with funding from TAP Upskilling, Employability and Discretionary Project. We have two people waiting for the next course to be arranged (3 trainees needed). Please get in touch if you’d like to do this training – the usual cost is £350 but please see details above for possible funding from Teesdale’s Area Action Partnership’s TAP Upskilling Employability and Discretionary Project and below for the funding situation relating to Weardale Rural Skills Training for trainees in the Weardale area.
TRAINING DELIVERED DURING 2019
NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip
Eight trainees successfully completed their online and dipper-side assessments to achieve this qualification in early December 2019. A special thanks to Richard Betton and to Fiona Lovatt, supported by Mike Marron from Bimeda, who also sponsored the event, for their excellent training sessions. Thanks too, to Fiona for arranging for Mike to come along to give the latest update on products, including reference to the latest sheep dipping information video on YouTube, which is full of useful facts and can be accessed by searching “Gold Fleece Sheep Dipping”. Thanks too, to the Stobart family for providing the venue for the dipperside assessments and for their hospitality.
Managing Sheep Lameness & Responsible Use of Medicines with Supper provided.
This free Vet & Med session in UTASS, on Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 attracted 40 trainees who enjoyed 3 workshop sessions (photos below). Massive thanks go to Fiona Lovatt for organising this event and to Erica and Luke from Castle Vets for delivering their workshop and also to Mike Hutchinson from MSD who kindly sponsored the event and provided the hot supper. UTASS is so grateful!
Michael McGarry’s session giving expert guidance on Wills, Power of Attorney and Succession on Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 was attended by 20 community members who learnt a lot of useful information as well as enjoying the supper and social aspects. Thank you to Michael for helping UTASS in this way.
Hefted to Hill – Following on from the much visited exhibition in July, Northern Heartlands provided a follow-up hot supper at UTASS on Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 when Ewan Allinson gave a short update on the project then the ever entertaining Howard Petch was the guest speaker, with 60+ people attending.
Funding for Weardale Rural Skills Training (funding closed 31.8.20)
This second round of funding from Weardale Action Partnership opened up opportunities to support the farming community, offering Lantra Abrasive Wheel Machines and more NPTC Certificates of Competence for the Transport of Livestock, NPTC Rough Terrain Telescopic and NPTC/Lantra Chainsaw. Those delivered previously and still on offer were British Wool Shearing, Car & Trailer Lessons, Emergency First Aid, NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides and NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip (held December 2019). The last training delivered was the NPTC Level 2 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting and Felling.
Please see below for a link to download an application form to give a bit more information about how the project ran, giving details of the participant contribution required relating to the last round. We are hopeful that something similar might again be on offer in 2021.
BRITISH WOOL SHEARING COURSE 2019 – 19 trainees attended last year’s course at Hill House, Woodland, by kind permission of John & Fay Hutchinson. The two courses spanned over 5 days, due to wet weather.
Thanks too to Bill Mason and Brian Copeland for their encouragement and patience and it was excellent to see those who already know how to shear, wanting to learn more and coming along to improve their skills. Eleven trainees benefited from funding from TAP’s Upskilling Fund (details below) and seven from WAP’s Weardale Rural Skills Training (see more info below).
CANINE FIRST AID was delivered by Registered Veterinary Nurse, Helen Ward from Cleveland Canine First Aid on 23rd August 2019. Those attending thoroughly enjoyed the course and if its of interest to you (cost £20 for the 2 hour course), please do get in touch and we’ll try to arrange the next date.
IAgSA BOOK KEEPING TRAINING held on 24th May, 2019 with 11 trainees. A second “Minding Your Own Business” Workshop is now available for trainees to:
Understand Year End Accounts
Recognise Cropping Year -v- Financial Year
Produce Gross & Net Margins and identify the Cost of Production
Produce Cash Flow and Budget Reports
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS was held on 3rd September, 2019. Thanks to everyone who came along to this session and especially to June Wainwright for delivering such a insightful, relaxing session. June’s Yoga class (£20 for 6 weeks) starts again on Tuesday, 10th September from 6-7pm. Please contact June on 07443 930 321 if you’d like further details.
CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership and NVQ Level 5 In Management – with the first session of these monthly sessions over a year long programme being held at UTASS on Wednesday 21st November 2018.
LINKS TO INFORMATION ON COURSES
Rodenticides – please call our Office to request a copy of the AHDB publication “Rodent Control on Farms” booklet with details of how to access on line training and Lantra assessment, if required.
NPTC Level 2 Award in the Transport of Animals by Road (Short Journeys) – Cattle & Sheep are classed as one species. Although no training is required, those interested will receive information to prepare beforehand. Qualification handbook 600/0306/6 states ”This qualification is aimed specifically at people transporting animals over 65Km and up to eight hours in duration, where the journey is in connection with an economic activity”. COC Transport Animals by Road Schedule
The above qualification ties in with requirements for a business to apply for an Animal Transporter Authorisation for the above journeys, which is free of charge. This Animal Health and Plant Agency application form needs to be completed and returned to the Welfare in Transport Team at Carlisle and can be obtained from UTASS, or by accessing the link above.
Grateful thanks for the team effort to make young people’s driver training possible and for helping young people achieve their vehicle driving ambitions. In addition, the voluntary help from H & H Staff, community & UTASS Members is much appreciated, as well as from Middleton-in-Teesdale Mart for providing a venue for most of the Lantra Tractor Driving.