Training Opportunities



WE REGRET TRAINING COURSES ONLY RUN WHEN THERE ARE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS  –  links to qualifications appear at the bottom of this page.

Please contact Julia Stephenson on 01833 641010 or email  for more information.

(Please remember we are closed on Wednesdays )

Whats on offer from UTASS in the New Year …..

PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID training is arranged at UTASS on Saturdays 1st & 8th February.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending for the two days to achieve this qualification.


This training is planned for a Friday & Saturday in February (either 14+15 February or 21+22 February).  More details to follow later but as there are limited numbers, please get in touch to express an interest.

LEVEL 2 FOOD SAFETY IN CATERING is booked for Thursday, 27th February 2020 at UTASS this qualification will be FREE, while funding is available, to those 19+.

NPTC ROUGH TERRAIN TELESCOPIC – One space is available for the above course to be held near Hamsterley.  Please get in touch if you’d like to do this training – the usual cost is £350.   

LANTRA CHAINSAW – We’ve had another request for this training and we need 4 people to run this two day course, so please get in touch if its of interest.  The usual cost is £200 and trainees need to have their own Personal Protective Equipment.

BRITISH WOOL SHEARING COURSE booked for Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June, 2020.  If you are a YFC member attending your first course you may be eligible for a 50% discount if you apply before Monday 30 March 2020.  Click on the link for more information: YFC Shearing 2020

DRYSTONE WALLING TASTER COURSE (£40) a second course was held at the same venue at Woodland on Saturday, 26th October, last year with the Northumbria Dry Stone Walling Association’s brilliant instructor and Members on hand to help.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending further courses next year – the first of these has been arranged for Saturday, 30th May 2020 at the same venue.

AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING – there is still part funding (or full funding for Emergency First Aid) available from Weardale Rural Skills Training.  In addition TAP Upskilling, Employability & Discretionary Project may be able to help some trainees with funding for training.  Details on both of these projects are given below.

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NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip

Eight trainees successfully completed their online and dipper-side assessments to achieve this qualification.  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 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 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 when Ewan Allinson gave a short update on the project then the ever entertaining Howard Petch was the guest speaker, with 60+ people attending.


Following the announcement of a third round of funding for £6840 from the Wellesley Trust Fund at The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, young people’s driver training is almost complete, with Quad Bike training held at the end of August and 3 Lantra 13-15 Tractor Driving courses during October and November. UTASS is so grateful that this funding has continued during 2019 for those who most need help.

Feedback from applicants who have accessed this opportunity previously demonstrates how brilliant it has been, providing for Car & Trailer lessons, Car Driving Lessons, Quad Bike, Pre-Test Tractor Training or Lantra 13-15 Tractor Driving.  The most recent comment we had was:

“Please accept my thanks for your support, there is no doubt that I would not have been able to get this far without you contribution which has been an invaluable lifeline to me.”

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Photos by kind permission of the Teesdale Mercury.

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

Funding for Weardale Rural Skills Training

Part funding for eligible Weardale trainees is again on offer.  For this second round of funding from Weardale Action Partnership, to open up opportunities to support the farming community, it is planned that Lantra Abrasive Wheel Machines and more NPTC Certificates of Competence for the Transport of Livestock, NPTC Rough Terrain Telescopic (planned for early 2020) and Lantra Chainsaw can be delivered. Those delivered previously and still on offer are British Wool Shearing, Car & Trailer Lessons, Emergency First Aid and NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides and NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip (held December 2019).

Please see below for a link to download an application form which also give details of the participant contribution required:


TAP Upskilling, Employability & Discretionary Project – For anyone looking for essential qualifications to enable them to gain employment, whether full or part time, please contact us, in the first instance, or Denise Hopps, Project Officer, who can offer guidance on how to apply to this Teesdale Area Action Partnership (TAP) Fund, managed by Bishop Auckland College.

The is aimed at those in low paid jobs, allowing them to acquire skills/qualifications enabling them to move up the career ladder, change direction or gain additional work in a new sector.  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.

For more information please contact Julia Stephenson at UTASS or Denise Hopps, Project Officer, Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078 (Ext3502) or

Courses held earlier in 2019 …

BRITISH WOOL SHEARING COURSE 2019 – 19 trainees attended this 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).

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CANINE FIRST AID was delivered by Registered Veterinary Nurse, Helen Ward from Cleveland Canine First Aid on  23rd August.  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 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.  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.


Guidance Notes on Transporter Authorisations

UK animal transporter: application for type 1 authorisation

Lantra Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting

NPTC Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines

NPTC Level 2 Award In Safe Use of Sheep Dips

NPTC Rough Terrain Telescopic 

Lantra Abrasive Wheel Machines

NPTC Safe use of Pesticides

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.

Thank you!

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.