FIT for Farmers

22nd October 2012

FIT for Farmers

The Fastrack to Information Technology Northern Ireland (FIT) Consortium has been awarded a contract to help farmers and farming families get online.   

The contract has been awarded to FIT under Axis One of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme which is delivered by the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership and part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and DARD.  It is designed to support farm businesses by offering basic computer awareness training in local venues at no charge to participants.

Speaking on behalf of the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership, Teresa Canavan said “We are delighted to award this contract to the FIT consortium.  Within a few years the farming industry will have to complete forms online and this programme offers the opportunity now for farming communities to get started, to complete forms, to reduce paperwork and in the long run save time and money.  FIT are an ideal partner to deliver this training as they bring a wealth of expertise and most of all a practical approach ensuring that the learning environment is not only relevant but enjoyable.”

Billy McClean, Programme Manager of FIT added “The FIT Consortium which includes Omagh District Training Consortium are delighted to be working with the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership in taking forward this programme and in helping the farm community to work online.  It is aimed farmers and farm families and will be relevant, appropriate and straightforward.  At FIT we pride ourselves in delivering innovative programmes for people and making the use of technology accessible for all regardless of age or ability.  Whether you have no experience at all or a little we encourage you to get involved.  Starting in November and delivered locally over four evening sessions, farmers and their families will learn how to use online services, complete forms, search the internet, send and receive emails and much more.”

This programme is open to both farmers and members of the farm family age 17 and over.  A Farm Business ID Number is required.  Farming organisations within the area can also take the opportunity to register as a group and have the training delivered to them in a local venue. 

For more information or to register please contact Anne Marie Bell, Farm Family Options on 0845 026 7534.