Archive for November, 2013


Farming On-Line Training Programme Nominated for AONTAS Star Award!

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The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine has been working very closely with SFW to provide training to support farmers return their accounts on-line.  The department has designed a “training” website which allows farmers practise using the website while at the same time improving basic reading and writing skills. Participants have reported that the training site is an excellent way to practice completing department compliance certificates and revenue returns.

This facility has been specifically designed and provided by the Dept of Agriculture, Food & Marine for SFW participants and supported by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and Teagasc.

The Skills for Work farmers online herd registration training project aims to give farmers the confidence and skills to register stock to the Department of Agriculture using computers to replace the current paper based system. The project started as a pilot in County Clare during the winter of 2011 and now has a national uptake. The training is delivered in small groups by ETB adult literacy tutors who have received specific training by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine on the operations of the on- line site.

The department continues to support this initiative and offers advice to SFW tutors on an  on-going basis.


Farm Milk Release Course

SFW participants on site training

Participants receiving on-site training (FMRC)

Skills for Work, in partnership with the Farm Release Service Network (FRS) designed and delivered a certificate course for Milk Operators.  The course was developed and designed by Co. Wicklow VEC and included aspects of health and hygiene, numeracy, record keeping and practical (on site) training. The course was aimed at up-skilling farm relief staff and familiarising them with different milk operation systems. Local farmers provided the use of their farms as part of the practical training session. As a result, farm relief workers were more effective and confident using varying types of milking systems on farms, as well as being more knowledgeable about herd management and animal handling.

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