Farm Family Key Skills

Helping farm families meet tomorrow’s challenges

What is Farm Family Key Skills?

The Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) aim is to increase the levels of knowledge and awareness in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses with a desire to help Northern Ireland farmers and growers with their business decision making in the key areas of Animal Health, Business Planning, Health & Safety and ICT.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) will be responsible for the management and delivery of FFKS. This knowledge transfer scheme will provide short, topic based workshops linked to improving farm practices for farmers and growers, farm family members and farm employees in the farm business, helping them adapt to the changing needs of the industry.

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme which is funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The programme is part of the Knowledge Transfer Measure and is part funded by the European Union (EU).

Who is it for?

The workshops are free to farmers and growers, members of the farm family and employees. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters within farm families would all benefit from attending a workshop.

What are the benefits?

  • Greater awareness and knowledge of topical issues impacting on farms businesses that can help with on-farm decision making.
  • Courses are tailored to match the needs and availability of people working in particular sectors.
  • Courses are free to farmers, growers, farm family members and employees and held in local venues
  • Courses last no longer than 3 hours to minimise time away from the farm business.


Details of workshops for the Farm Family Key Skills scheme can be found by clicking on the topic below: