Training Opportunities



Please contact Julia Stephenson and Charlotte Fletcher on 01833 641010 or email and for more information.

(Please remember we are closed on Wednesdays)


Computer Training starting in November

The training will be delivered by Sarah Peart from Frosterley, who is an Accountant and farmer. Trainees will be asked to make a donation of at least £15 towards the cost although some funding has been made available.  Whilst most of the subject matter for the “Getting On Line  basic training has a farming theme, the skills and knowledge gained would enable trainees to do lots of things online.

Details of the 4 week “Getting on Line” introductory course appear below.  It is planned to start on Wednesday, 22nd November from 1-3pm (2 hrs) and for the remaining 3 weeks, possibly running from 2-4pm, dependent on trainees’ wishes. PLEASE NOTE ANOTHER OPTION FOR THE GETTING ON LINE TRAINING WOULD BE TO RUN ON A TUESDAY NIGHT FROM TUESDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER 4-6PM FOR 4 WEEKS.

Sessions will be as follows:-

  1. How to get online – “What do I need to Know?”
  2. Online already & like to know more … How to send & receive e-mails including attachments (including managing e-mails when online e.g. using gmail)
  3. Using the “Whole Farm Approach” to access BCMS & VAT online & more (password required beforehand to access this service – instructions available prior to the course to facilitate this)
  4. How to submit VAT online using existing records for working out (or progressing to using Sarah’s Excel VAT training).


For the more advanced 5 weeks training “VAT using Excel”, trainees will learn how to input their farm payments and receipts into Sarah’s specially designed spreadsheet which calculates the amount of VAT to claim for the quarter.  Trainees will learn how to check formulae and lots of useful information relevant to VAT.  Training will run from Wednesday, 15th November from 4.15-6.45 (2.30 hrs), finishing on Wednesday, 13th December.  (On Wed 22/11/17 training will need to start and finish an hour earlier.)  Trainees would need to bring with them some invoices and receipts to start inputting data right from the first session.


The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

UTASS are delighted to be partnering with The Prince’s Countryside Fund to deliver The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme. The aim of the programme is to support family farm businesses to improve their confidence, efficiency, and resilience. The programme has already started, with the first workshop planned for Monday 11th December – Please contact Emma for further information.


Vehicle Training to Improve Employability

We would like to thank the Wellesley Trust Fund at The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland for the opportunity for young people’s driver training and to thank applicants too.  Unfortunately there were a lot more applications than spaces for the Trailer & Car Lessons, which will cause disappointment to many, however, due to this high volume we have applied to another funder and will know the outcome in December.  If any new applicants want to apply for car or trailer lessons or for Pre-Test Tractor, Quad Bike or Lantra 13-15 Tractor Driving, an Applications Form can be downloaded by clicking on this link or forms are available from the UTASS Office.  Previous applications will automatically be considered if funding becomes available.


Funding for Weardale Rural Skills Training 

So far 45 trainees have been part funded from WAP, which has also enabled other trainees to attend training courses locally as well:-

  • 12 for NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides training & assessment (2 days training)
  • 2 for the Semex DIY Artificial Insemination for Cattle (4 days training)
  • 4 for British Wool Marketing Board Sheep Shearing (2 days training)
  • 7 for Lantra Chainsaw (2 days training)
  • 4 for Trailer lessons in preparation for B+E Test
  • 6 for NPTC City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Land-based Forklift Truck Operations (Rough Terrain, Masted and Telescopic Types) (2 days training)
  • 8 for Emergency First Aid Training (1 days training fully funded)
  • 2 for Dry Stone Walling (3 day course held October 17)

We also have a few names for Chainsaw and Telehandler training and for the Emergency First Aid training. If you would like to apply please click on the following link:  WAP APPLICATION FORM  




Other Courses Available

NPTC Safe Use of Sheep Dip (course notified by John Jones Training at £220 at Westmorland County Showground – Tuesday 12th December training, with assessment the following day) – contact John Jones on 01768 898731


NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides (approx cost £350 for theory + Handheld or Mounted) – Plan to run this again early 2018                                                                                                                     

NPTC Rough Terrain Telescopic (approx cost £345) – A few requests have been received                                                                                                             

Lantra Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting – A few requests have been received                                                                                                             

NPTC Certificate of Competence for the Transport of Livestock (Cattle & Sheep) – contact John Jones on 01768 898731

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. If individuals want this qualification, please contact John Jones on 01768 898731. 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 can be obtained from UTASS and needs to be completed and returned to the Welfare in Transport Team at Carlisle.

Helpful Links:

Guidance Notes on Transporter Authorisations


UK animal transporter: application for type 1 authorisation


Thank you!

Grateful thanks too, go for the team effort to make young people’s driver training possible – this time involving tractors & trailers kindly loaned by Watsons of Strand Foot; Karl, Loraine & Michael Robinson and Peter & Barbara Needham & Stuart Richardson and latterly to Jamie & Rosie Finch for hosting the Lantra training. Thanks too to all trainers involved with helping young people achieve their goals. The venue is usually provided by kind permission of Middleton in Teesdale Mart, with voluntary help from H & H Staff, community & UTASS Members much appreciated.


Spray Training – held in May 2017

In May another 10 trainees in total attended this training over three days for the NPTC Safe Use of Pesticides (PA route) at UTASS and Middleton Mart, with assessments the following week.

Our thanks go to Middleton Mart for the use of their facilities as a venue, alongside UTASS.