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Skills Development

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Introduction

Training and skills enhancement will be essential if we are to encourage the development of financially viable, competitive and environmentally sustainable land-based businesses in the future. Training and advice will also help to maximise the benefits to be obtained through other SRDP measures. See also Skills development to improve quality of life, available under Axis 3 Options.

What will this Option achieve?

The aim of this Option is to improve skills amongst land managers (including farmers, crofters and foresters) to deliver the economic, social and environmental objectives of the SRDP. It will support training that improves business competitiveness, facilitates restructuring and diversification and enhances land management skills to deliver environmental and other benefits.

What you can do

Individual Training

Decide what training you, an employee or an immediate family member needs in supporting your Rural Development Contract proposal. Remember that the training needs to be linked to other SRDP Axis 1 or 2 measures that you put forward.

Group Training

Decide within the Group what training is required, who should take responsibility for arranging it and who should be put forward for the training.

The Option will support group training that takes forward the objectives of the Group and falls within the following categories:

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Business skills (including marketing and promotion)
  • Conservation and environmental skills
  • Diversification opportunities
  • Marketing resources
  • Self and staff management
  • Looking at new ways of working
  • Technical skills
  • On-farm food production and processing skills.

Who can apply?

Individual Training

Any adult land manager (including farmers, crofters and foresters) who is applying for another SRDP Axis 1 or 2 measure,

OR

Group Training

Any adult land manager of an agricultural or forestry business that is part of an established Group formed at least 6 months before the date of the submitted proposal.

Eligibility criteria

Individual Training

  • People receiving training must be 16 years of age or older
  • People receiving training must either be land managers, employees or immediate family members involved in the business
  • The training provider must be certified by an appropriate trainer certification body
  • The Option will not support courses which form part of normal agricultural, forestry or other programmes at secondary or higher education levels
  • The Option will not support training or courses that are required or lead to a certificate, licence, diploma or other qualification that is required by law to carry out the beneficiary's basic work activities
  • This Option will not support training for which public sector funding is provided from another source.

Group Training

  • People receiving training must be 16 years of age or older
  • People receiving training must either be land managers, employees or immediate family members involved in the business
  • The training provider must be certified by an appropriate trainer certification body
  • The Option will not support courses which form part of normal agricultural, forestry or other programmes at secondary or higher education levels
  • The Option will not support training or courses that are required or lead to a certificate, licence, diploma or other qualification that is required by law to carry out the beneficiary's basic work activities
  • This Option will not support training for which public sector funding is provided from another source
  • There must be a minimum of 10 eligible trainees from at least 60% of the businesses belonging to the Group
  • Training (e.g. workshops, training programmes and other group events), must support the overall aims of the Group and contribute to the outcomes of the SRDP
  • The Group must have been formed at least 6 months before the date of the submitted proposal
  • The Group must consist of at least 10 eligible businesses (that is agricultural or forestry businesses that are eligible to apply for assistance under Rural Development Contracts).

What costs could be supported?

75% of the cost of the training.

Eligible Costs

Course fees based on actual costs.

Ineligible Costs

Additional costs such as travel and subsistence, loss of earnings and cancellation fees (including fees charged in the event of non-attendance).

To ensure value for money we require you to provide 2 competitive quotes for any capital items applied for which are based on actual cost. If, however, you are seeking grant support towards something so specialised it is only available through 1 source then we would accept 1 quote. Please see the guidance on quotes and estimates for more information.

Rate of support

Individual Training

75% of the cost of the training (net of VAT unless the business is not registered for VAT).

Group Training

75% of the cost of the training (net of VAT, unless the business is not registered for VAT);
The organising member of the Group may claim an additional 10% grant based on the total cost (net of VAT) of the Group training.

Inspection/Verification

Individual Training

The application proposal must:

  • contain details of trainee (employer and job title) and confirmation that they are over 16 years of age
  • confirm that the trainee is employed by the relevant business (details of employer - name, address and contact details)
  • explain why the course is needed and how it will improve delivery of the primary measure
  • include details of the training provider, course title and cost
  • confirm that the training provider is appropriately certified (note that agricultural and other colleges and other further educational establishments are all certified).

The claim must:

  • not exceed the amount stated in the approval letter
  • be supported by confirmation of trainee attendance and receipted invoices from the training provider.

Group Training

The application proposal must:

  • contain details of all trainees (employers and job titles) and confirmation that they are over 16 years of age
  • confirm that the trainees are employed by the relevant businesses (details of employers - names, addresses and contact details)
  • explain why the course is needed and how it will take forward the aims of the Group and the out comes of the SRDP
  • include details of the training provider, course title and cost
  • confirm that the training provider is appropriately certified (note that agricultural and other colleges and other educational establishments are all certified)
  • contain all business membership names, the aims of the Group and confirm that it has been established for at least 6 months before the date of the application
  • identify an organising member to administer the Group training and take responsibility for all aspects of applying, attendance and confirming eligibility for grant under this measure.

The claim must:

  • not exceed the amount stated in the approval letter
  • be supported by confirmation of trainee attendance and receipted invoices from the training provider
  • state the amount claimed (for organiser, if appropriate, including the 10% additional grant).