Appropriate training of staff on farms has become ever more important, not only for health and safety reasons but also for employee’s continual professional development. The range of course and qualifications now available is wide reaching and applicable to staff members at all level, entry level courses in manual handling and pre-harvest safety right the way through to leadership and motivational training for managers are all available.
There are many people and organisations that can offer training but it can soon become a very expensive operation. We are fortunate that the North Wiltshire Training Group operates in this part of the country, a not for profit organisation that facilitates the organisation of training courses at cost price to its members. The annual membership is a small price to pay for the range of courses open to you as member, with the added advantage that whenever possible the course takes place on your own farm.
The North Wiltshire Training Group is run by a small, dedicated volunteer committee. Membership fees pay for the administrator’s time and some low overheads. The not for profit background enables members to undertake courses at cost price. Other advantages of local training groups include the flexibility of not sticking to strict dates, courses are run when enough members have requested them. For example, one member recently approached the committee about leadership training, something the group has never organised before but due to popular demand from other members this has been facilitated and will offer herdsmen and arable foremen official leadership training.
For advice on staff training and the North Wiltshire Training Group please contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local training group.