UTASS aims to provide training locally and at the best possible price to participants.

We work together with funders and partners to develop and promote opportunities to help people living and working across the dales, to access funding towards their training ambitions.

We are aware of the following opportunities which may be of interest:

Weardale Rural Training Project

Thanks to support from Weardale Action Partnership, funding is available via UTASS to part- fund training for people living or working in Weardale.

Funding has already helped trainees access a variety of opportunities including

Lantra Chainsaw, Tractor Driving, Quad Bike, Safe Use of Pesticides, Transport of Livestock and Mastering Medicines, but the opportunities are endless as long as you can tell us how the training will help you with your existing or future employment.

For further information get in touch with Julia on 01833 641010 or email julia@utass.org

Teesdale Upskilling & Discretionary Fund 

This project, delivered by Bishop Auckland College with support from Teesdale Action Partnership, provides funding for unemployed people to train to obtain skills which will help them improve their chance of getting back into employment and for people who are employed in low paid jobs to obtain new or additional skills, helping them to either progress in their present job or find new or additional work.

Please contact Denise Hopps at Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078 to discuss.

Teesdale Branch NFU


Teesdale Branch NFU members and their families can access 50% funding for training courses up to a maximum of £250.

Please note: trainees should have been an NFU member for a minimum of two years or are direct family members or employees of someone who has been an NFU member for a minimum of two years.

Please contact the NFU Barnard Castle Group Office on 01833 638286 to discuss.

Once eligibility is confirmed by the NFU trainees should approach training providers, such as UTASS, to explore what is available and get booked in. Once training has been completed, the NFU Office will require a receipted invoice from the trainer to reimburse the NFU member.