TRAINING UPDATE 2020
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UTASS STAFF ARE WORKING FROM HOME BUT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US BY PHONE OR EMAIL – WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE SEE ALSO OUR WEBSITE HOME PAGE WHICH HAS A LINK TO Inittogether – Teesdale WITH INFORMATION WE HOPE WILL BE HELPFUL.
THIS LINK IS ACCESSIBLE BY THOSE NOT ON FACEBOOK TOO (please don’t miss the “see more posts” on the bottom left of screen – may be hidden by a pop-up) to see previous information. THERE’S ALSO A NEW TAB ON THIS WEBSITE, WITH FREE ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE DURING CORONAVIRUS.
STAY SAFE AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTACT US IF WE CAN HELP YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN ANY WAY.
WE REGRET TRAINING COURSE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND THIS YEAR’S SHEARING COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED – links to qualifications appear at the bottom of this page.
Please contact Julia Stephenson on 01833 641010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(Please remember we are closed on Wednesdays )
NEW DRIVER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES APPLICATIONS CLOSED -please don’t forget to check out AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING at the end of this section …..
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 are now invited for driver training opportunities by Friday, 20th March. UTASS is so grateful that this funding will continue during 2020 for those who most need help. Please see more details further down this page under the same heading, including a link to the application form.
BRITISH WOOL SHEARING COURSE (16 or 15+with parental consent) CANCELLED
British Wool have advised the two day course booked for 27 & 28 June 2020 at Hill House, Woodland has been cancelled in line with guidelines to lessen the spread of Coronavirus.
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 at Woodside Farm, near Middleton-in-Teesdale with 4 trainees attending, with thanks to Raby Estate 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” which about sums it up. 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 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.
This qualification will be FREE, while funding is available, to those 19+. This course is fully booked. (For further information please phone Denise Hopps, Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078 or e-mail Denise.Hopps@bacoll.ac.uk)
3 DAY FIRST AID AT WORK – We’ve been notified that this course running on 3rd-5th March at Hamsterley Forest, has spaces available. The cost for the 3-day course is £160+Vat – please contact Lesley Archer on 03000674204 or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
NPTC ROUGH TERRAIN TELESCOPIC (16+)
This course was held on 18th & 19th February near Hamsterley and we have one person 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 for possible funding below.
LANTRA CHAINSAW (16+) WE HOPE THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST COURSES WE CAN RUN!!
We’ve had another request for this training and more trainees are coming forward to be able to run this two day course, so please get in touch if its of interest. The usual cost is £200 but please see details for possible funding below – trainees need to have their own Personal Protective Equipment.
DRYSTONE WALLING TASTER COURSE (14+)
After two courses held last year with the Northumbria Dry Stone Walling Association’s brilliant instructor and Members on hand to help, we still hope to hold another course at the same venue, later in the year, however no training can run before September 2020. The cost is £40.
The Dry Stone Walling Association have a programme called “Stepping Stones to a Career in Drystone Walling” and here is a link to further details PCFInfo sheet 2019 with one week of training, culminating with a Level 1 Lantra Accredicted qualification in dry stone walling – their website is https://www.dswa.org.uk/training-courses/
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.
RECENTLY HELD SESSIONS …..
LEVEL 3 PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID (14+)
This training was held at UTASS on Saturdays 1st & 8th February for those aged 14+. Everyone really enjoyed the training and left feeling much more confident to deal with an emergency situation.
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.
VEHICLE TRAINING TO IMPROVE EMPLOYABILITY (continued from above)
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.”
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 Julia@utass.org at UTASS or Denise Hopps, Project Officer, Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078 (Ext3502) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses held earlier in 2019 …
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. 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.