Training grants

RABI can help with an individual grant if you are seeking to learn new skills or develop existing skills that will facilitate you earning additional off-farm income.  The aim of this funding is to supplement household income generated directly from farming, to enable you to stay working in agriculture. 

Training grants are currently available to individuals currently engaged within agriculture in England and Wales where the main household income is derived from farming.  Spouses/partners/adult aged children may also be eligible for a training grant whereby they continue to work on-farm and are seeking to increase off-farm household income.

Training grants are not currently available for individuals seeking to enter into farming, higher education or training of children seeking to utilise skills to work fully off-farm.

To date we have assisted people to train in tree surgery, hedge-laying, butchery, livestock foot-trimming and pregnancy scanning as well as more diverse skills including website design and IT programming.  Typical courses also supported include assisting individuals to gain HGV licences and complete forklift truck operator courses.

Somerset farmer and shepherd Jock Muirhead (pictured above) was delighted to have passed his LGV practical driving test. RABI supported Jock to undertake LGV (cat C and CE) driver training so he can earn extra money alongside his farm income.

To find out more please call the confidential freephone helpline 0800 188 4444 or email

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