Updated – New Training Support Programme for rural SMEs

Yorkshire Food Farming & Rural Network

Training Support Programme


The Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network has secured legacy funding from the Partnership Investment Fund Limited, to offer a training support programme for the benefit of rural and farming SMEs in North Yorkshire.

The programme aims to enhance knowledge in basic business skills and support businesses in gaining accredited practical skills training, to enhance and retain a skilled work force in North Yorkshire’s farming and rural communities and will be focused around six themes:

  • Environmental
  • Health and Safety
  • Farm business skills and accounting
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Countryside education
  • Local food producers accredited courses

The training support programme offers financial support towards essential and/or accredited courses, continuous professional development, or further education.

Funding is limited and places is awarded on a first-come basis. We will however run a waiting list for each course and will assess a repetition of popular courses in 2023.


You must be self-employed or employed by an SME based in rural North Yorkshire Authority area – see map here.

This is defined as:

  • Towns, villages and hamlets with populations below 10,000 and the wider countryside
  • Market or ‘hub towns’ with populations of up to 30,000 that serve their surrounding rural areas as centres of employment and in providing service

Applicants must be able to contribute 20% of the cost towards the course or training and payment will be required on booking.

Training will be offered in various locations across rural North Yorkshire with a mix of ‘in-person’ and ‘on-line’ training options dependent on the course.

Not in North Yorkshire but still interested?

Contact Holly Jones, Tel: 01423 546 251 or Email: hollyj@yas.co.uk

Latest training opportunities

First Aid Course for Farmers

Course dates: Thursday 25th May, two options: morning session and afternoon session


Part-funded course fee: £20 + £2.38 booking fee
(Normal cost: £100 + VAT)

Location: Skipton Auction Mart

This half-day course covers essential first-aid skills such as assessing a casualty, the correct recovery position, how to administer CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator.

You will also learn about the treatment of crush injuries, amputation, impalement, and severe bleeding and is led by qualified health care professionals registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Participants will be presented with a certificate following completion of the course.

In partnership with H&H Safety, the First Aid for Farmers course is delivered by Farm and Forestry First Aid (F3A)

Numbers for each session will be capped at 12-15 participants.

To book: 

Morning session, 9am-12.30pm – click here

Afternoon session, 1.30pm-5pm – click here

Not in North Yorkshire but still interested?
Contact Holly Jones, Tel: 01423 546 251 or Email: FionaM@yas.co.uk

Mentoring and Assessment support with SALSA Accreditation (Safe & Local Supplier Approval)

SALSA is a robust and effective food safety certification scheme, which is appropriate for smaller food producers and suppliers.

Approved suppliers can demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.

We have teamed up with Deliciouslyorkshire (DY), to offer six discounted places for one-to-one SALSA training which will take place at the business premises of successful applicants at a convenient time.

You do not need to be a DY member to apply.

Stage 1: Part-funded places mentoring involve:

  • A full day assessment by a specialised mentor of your food/ drink producing site, against the SALSA standard of your choice, during which your site will be assessed physically and operationally, and documentation completion is required for SALSA Approval.
  • In addition to the standard audit, more specific audit standards are available for cheese, beer and ice cream.
  • The findings of the day will be discussed and explained with you in detail and a report will be provided to give a clear path of work required by the site to where they currently are against the SALSA Standard.
  • Prior to the assessment visit to site, an online meeting of 30 minutes is offered by the SALSA mentor in order to gain a preparatory overview.

Stage 2: Part-funded support for SALSA assessment:

When the business is ready to take the next steps and book in their SALSA assessment within a year of the mentoring provision, successful applicants will be able to apply for their assessments to be part-funded.

Register your interest by emailing hollyj@yas.co.uk and we will be in touch to discuss the opportunity further.

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