Farm Family Key Skills

Helping farm families meet tomorrow’s challenges

What is Farm Family Key Skills?

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).

The FFKS aim is to increase the levels of knowledge and skills in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses with a desire to help Northern Ireland farmers with their business decision making in the key areas of Business Planning, Animal Health, Health and Safety and ICT.

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

Who is it for?

  • Farmers and growers
  • Farm family members
  • Farm employees

What is available?

A comprehensive suite of training courses in;

  • Business Planning
  • Health and Safety
  • Animal Health
  • New Technologies in ICT

What are the benefits?

  • Flexible learning
  • Improve farm safety
  • Develop a business plan
  • Improve farm profitability
  • One to one business mentoring
  • Opportunity to gain a qualification

For further information email

To apply online for FFKS Animal Health please click here

To apply online for FFKS Health and Safety please click here 

To register your interest in a course not yet scheduled click here

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