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Face-to-face training courses

Could our short training courses help you meet your business objectives? Can we help you identify the training which would most benefit you, eligible family members and your workers?


The current skills application window is now open until 5pm November 1st 2019.  With over 80 training courses to choose from please see below for details on how to apply. If you are thinking about submitting an application please contact your local Development Officer or Training Provider as soon as possible to be assure of assistance.  



Develop the skillset within your business by:

Through our Skills and Mentoring programme, eligible individuals registered with Farming Connect can access funding for completing short training courses.

  • Category 1 – Business Improvement - 80% Funding
  • Category 2 – Technical Courses - 80% Funding
  • Category 3 – Machinery and Equipment Use - 40% Funding



NB if you intend to apply for funding to complete a training course from Category 3 - Machinery and Equipment Use, you must complete the free online Health and Safety e-learning course on BOSS via Sign on Cymru (SOC) before submitting your application.


Further course details and duration information can be found here (please note that this document is for guidance only).


New Courses – Approximately 20 training courses have recently been added to our short course training programme.

Two of these courses are listed below, for more details please click on the titles below:

Introduction to worm control and faecal egg counting for sheep producers

Safe Use and Application of Slurry



Once registered with Farming Connect you will need to complete your online Personal Development Plan (PDP) and submit an application for funding on the Business Online Support System (BOSS) via Sign on Cymru (SOC). 

  1. After registering with Farming Connect you will receive a confirmation email.
  2. Use your registered email to Log in to BOSS via Sign on Cymru and complete your online PDP and the training application form.

​(For step by step instructions on how to access BOSS via Sign on Cymru - please click here.)


For a full list of PDP workshops please click here.


To see our Training booklet please click here.


Development Officers

Our team of local Development Officers and approved Training Providers will be able to provide guidance on how to complete your PDP at the Personal Development Plan Workshops. The workshops will provide you with a useful presentation and a User Guide that will support you to enable you to complete the PDP in your own time. 


Future Window Dates

Registered individuals will only be able to apply for the funding during open application windows.
Please see below window dates:​



  • Monday 2nd of September until Friday 1st of November 2019
  • Monday 6th of January until Friday 28th of February 2020
  • Monday 4th of May until Friday 26th of June 2020

All windows will open at 9.00am on the Monday and close at 5.00pm on the Friday. 

Training User Guides

Case Studies

Learning how to ride a quad bike safely is a key skill for a young hill shepherd in North Wales

Financial recording, VAT and benchmarking made easy! Farming Connect skills support for an ambitious young farmer from Powys

Technical training aids fertility improvements in Welsh dairy herd

Young Powys farmer Aled Jones is sharpening both his business and practical skills with support from Farming Connect

If you have previously applied for training funding and have any queries please contact the Service Centre on 08456 000813.