Farm Family Key Skills

The Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC) has been appointed to deliver Health & Safety training as part of the Farm Family Key Skills programme.  Farm Family Key Skills aims is to increase the levels of knowledge and skills in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses.  Managed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), the programme is funded through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme with support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).  The farm health & safety training programme will cover awareness training, risk assessment and knowledge transfer on processes required in undertaking farm activities, on farm construction works and other key risk areas such as the young and elderly on farms.  Training will take place on a mix of ‘on farm’ and ‘off-farm’ venues.  The 3 hour workshops will be held on farms throughout Northern Ireland and are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees age 18 and over (under 18 will need accompanied by an adult/guardian).  Topics covered will include Slurry, Animals, Falls & Equipment. FarmSafeNet and the Make it Safer online risk assessment tool will also be covered.  Workshops are currently scheduled as follows: 

On farm venues: 

  • 16th January 2018, 7.00pm, Ballycastle
  • 23rd January 2018, 7.00pm, Newtownards
  • 25th January 2018, 7.00pm, Swatragh
  • 1st February 2018, 7.00pm, Coagh, Cookstown
  • 8th February 2018, 7.00pm, Omagh
  • 20th February 2018, 7.00pm, Eglinton
  • 22nd February 2018, 7.00pm, Tandragee
  • 27th February 2018, 7.00pm, Roslea, Fermanagh
  • 7th March 2018, 7.00pm, Ballymena
  • 14th March 2018, 7.00pm, Hilltown, Newry
  • 21st March, 7.00pm, Donemana

Off farm venues:

  • 23rd January 2018, 7.00pm, Ballymena

If you are interested in attending a Farm Health & Safety workshop register online at or contact Joyce or Samantha on 028 867 66980