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NFYFC is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2016 training award are as follows:

The 21 & over Award winner is Matthew Denby, from Alford YFC. Matthew will be putting his training award towards the FACTS module of BASIS that he is planning to do.

The 18 & over Award winner is Chloe Dunn from Leicestershire and Rutland YFC, who will be using her training award to pay for a qualification in the transportation of animals and PA2 training and assessment.

The under 18 Award winner is George Smith Warwickshire YFC. George used his training award to complete training in telehandling and chainsaw maintenance.

What type of training can Young Farmers apply for?

The training scholarships (£500 per person) can be used towards accessing any land-based training opportunities which will support and forward a Young Farmer’s career. The intention is that by providing a Young Farmer with £500 they will get the opportunity to enrol on a wide range of training courses such as tractor, trailer or ATV tests, chainsaw or spraying qualifications, dairy, beef or sheep courses, butchery, beekeeping, etc.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is interested in hearing what will make a difference to Young Farmers.

What is a ‘Livery Buddy’?

The Worshipful Company of Farmers know that in the early stages of a Young Farmers’ career there are lots of decisions to be made and many options to choose from. This can prove a daunting experience and they might not know many people who work in the specialism they are interested in. Members of the Company come from all walks of life and represent a huge range of careers – from setting up businesses, running commercial companies, farming in hand (both arable and livestock) to a variety of professional positions such as consultancy accountancy, estate agency and auctioneering.

With this in mind, the training scholarship also provides the opportunity for the successful YFC members to spend time with a ‘Livery Buddy’. Their ‘Livery Buddy’ will be a member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and someone who has been very successful in the area of work they are most interested in learning more about. This is a Young Farmers’ chance to ask questions, get advice about their future career and meet like-minded people who can help them to kick start their career.

Why is the Worshipful Company of Farmers offering these scholarships?

The Company is keen to support and encourage young people who are at the beginning of their careers in land- based industries. The company acknowledges that the opportunity to access financial support to undertake key training, can improve a person’s employability and eligibility for career progression. Furthermore, the support of a Livery Buddy will prove a great opportunity for career guidance and encouragement.

Who can apply?

There are two training scholarships available in 2017 for YFC members:

  • One for YFC members aged 21 and over
  • One for YFC members aged 18 and over
  • One for YFC members under 18

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 training scholarships will open on Sunday 23rd April 2017. Please visit this webpage again after this date to download an application form.

Want to learn more? Meet previous scholars!

Aged 21 and under scholar (2015)

In 2015 this category was won by Devon YFC member Rikki Trim. Rikki used his training scholarship towards a three day butchery course.

If you want to know more, read all about Rikki’s experiences here.

Aged 18 and under (2015)

Henry Scholefield (Cumbria YFC) won the 18 and under category and used his training scholarship to pay for his City and Guilds qualifications in ATV handling and land-based forklift truck operations.

If you want to know more, read all about Henry’s experiences here.

Special award

During the judging of the 2015 training scholarship categories, members of the Worshipful Company of Farmers were particularly impressed with Caroline Whittaker’s application. A member of Buckinghamshire YFC, Caroline had requested a small amount of funding to enable her to complete an introduction to keeping sheep course. The judges felt Caroline demonstrated a keenness to start her career in farming and as such was worthy of a special award.


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