Short Courses

If you are not someone who wants to enter straight into further education then you may wish to try a one day course or experience first, before you think about entering into the workplace.  Somerset offers many dairy related courses; you could opt to go on a full or part time vocational course, a bite sized course or a one day experience. With so many avenues what would suit you?

  • One off business/farm visit
  • Bite sized tractor training, ATV training, animal husbandry courses
  • Weekend cheese making courses
  • Part time engineering, accountancy, I.T. courses

We have put together a list of courses you could take that are being held across Somerset with educational providers and independent companies.

Educational providers also offer short courses between 1-5 days.

Bridgwater College offer short courses covering; Agriculture, Business Management, Civil Engineering, Computing & I.T, Construction, Countryside, Engineering, Electrical, First Aid, Food, Health & Safety, Maths, Plumbing, Quality Management and Science.

Richard Huish offer short courses covering; Accountancy and Work for Life skills.

Somerset College offer short courses covering; Brickwork, Emergency First Aid, First Aid Paediatric, Plumbing, Safe Guarding and Sustainability.

Yeovil College  offer short courses covering; Construction, Engineering, Food and Skills for life.

Other course providers

Civil Skills Plus

Is a widely accredited vocational educational facility located in the heart of the beautiful Somerset countryside. Specialising in electrical, plant management, healthy & safety, civil construction and agricultural/food training courses. See course details here

Colliton Barton Training Centre

We believe we offer the best on-farm teaching facility for those working in the agricultural sector and its allied industries in the South West.

Working with colleagues at the Duchy College Rural Business School, Stuart Young Veterinary Services, and the Mount Veterinary Group of Wellington in Somerset, as well as others in the industry. The centre provides a training facility for the following groups:

  • Those working in the dairy and poultry industries
  • 6th form students considering a career in veterinary medicine
  • Undergraduate veterinary students requiring practical experience prior to qualification
  • Newly and recently qualified cattle & poultry vets
  • Smallholders and backyard poultry keepers

We offer a bespoke on-farm facility to enable the teaching of a variety of courses for the agricultural and veterinary sectors. Modern, comfortable accommodation and classrooms at the heart of a large working commercial Organic Dairy and Poultry farm provide the opportunity to study theory and practice hand in hand in the beautiful Devon countryside, 5 minutes from the M5 and 15 minutes North of Exeter.

Courses include:

  • Young herdsperson Course
  • Advanced herdsperson Course– nutritional solutions, mastitis, grassland management, cow signals,
  • Foot Trimming Course
  • AI Course
  • Food Hygiene awareness course
  • Emergency first aid at work

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FarmSkills Training

Every FarmSkills workshop is designed to be of real and measurable benefit. After all, time away from the farm needs to be well spent. That is why we try to offer a diverse programme to meet the varying needs of farmers wherever they farm and whatever their level of experience.

Courses include foot trimming, calf rearing, DIY AI and lots more.

Course costs depend on the topic and funding available in your area. Click here to find out if you are eligible.

To register for a workshop, either call the office on 01765 608489or e-mail us using the Contact Us page.


South West Fresh Start Dairy Academy

 Fresh Start helps to provide business skills, opportunities and support for those wishing to start up or diversify a farming business via academies, mentoring and matchmaking. The services provided are for people both from farming and non farming backgrounds and aim at finding entrepreneurs and the next generation of farmers.  No details for 2014 yet. 

Food Hygiene Training- South West

Public awareness of Food Safety has greatly increased over recent years, possibly prompted by some well-publicised cases of major food poisoning outbreaks. Many have suffered severe symptoms and sadly, in the more extreme cases, lives have been lost.

Our modern lifestyles and improved incomes have both contributed to the increase of food poisoning. Issues related to foreign travel, eating “on the go”, fast food outlets, barbecues and catered events have all been implicated.

At Food Hygiene Training – South West they train staff in the correct procedures for food handling and storage with industry recognised qualifications:

  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering / Retail / Manufacturing
  • Level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Catering / Retail / Manufacturing

Visit the website for more details

Magdalen Project  

In the heart of the West Country Magdalen Farm lies in 132 acres of organic Cheese 3 Traceycountryside. Join their experienced team of professional tutors and enjoy the classrooms and kitchens preparing food/ drink using ingredients from their own land.

How about an excellent taster day making soft cheese with an introduction to hard cheese making? Suitable for the beginner, novice or small scale producer. See course details here

Muller Wiseman Dairies – Project Eden

This year’s Project Eden is a structured programme, launched by the dairy industry to find and develop the technical and operational leaders of tomorrow. A vocational training course, similar to an apprenticeship scheme in that you earn whilst you learn.

For more details on the Dairy Technologist Foundation Degree click here and this years  Application Form

For more details on  Engineering level 4 Qualification  click here and this years Application Form

Somerset Training  

Your One-stop Shop for training and certification for people working in rural based industries throughout Somerset and the West Country. They are members of the Lantra Professional Register and have an approved Lantra Awards Centre.

Specialising in:-

  • Spraying (Pesticide) Training & CertificationIMG-20110714-00052_2
  • Training & Certification to comply with Health & Safety legislation including Food Hygiene and First Aid
  • Machinery Driving Skills and Certification – Tractors, Material Handlers, Fork Lift Trucks, All Terrain Vehicles (Quad and Mule)

See course details here

Somerset Skills & Learning          

Let’s Get Working is Somerset Skills & Learning NEW brand for our extensive range of opportunities to get 16-18 year olds into work. All the courses provide individualised packages of learning, skills development and careers information, advice and guidance to help you get the job you are after See course details here

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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.