‘Safe Use of Pesticide’ and Sheep Sheering Training

The Muaitheabhal Trust are organising a Safe Use of Pesticide course (PA1) and associated supporting courses in using Hand Held Applicator (PA2) and Ground Crop Sprayer (PA6) and a Sheep Shearing course.

We are keen to assist anyone who wants to take part in these courses in any way we can, and to hopefully get some Keose Glebe people onto the courses ourselves.

The Muaitheabhal information is as follows:

Pesticides

The cost for the Pesticides courses per participant will be:

PA1 – £100 (MCWFT will contribute £100 towards the costs of this course, per participant living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

PA2 – £195 (MCWFT will contribute £150 towards the costs of this course, per participant living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

PA6 – £190 (MCWFT will contribute £100 towards the cost of this course, per participant living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

Grandfather Rights – £195 (MCWFT will contribute £150 towards this course, per participant – living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

The proposed dates for this training is week beginning 15th August.

Monday 15th – PA1 (can take up to 15 participants);

Tues 16th – PA6 (up to 9 participants);

Wed 17th – PA2 (up to 9 participants).

Each day requires a day of assessment at a later date, to be confirmed.

There is further detail on each course at the bottom of this post.

This training is being run by the Scottish Rural College.

Sheep Shearing

The cost for the Shearing Course per participant will be:

Sheep Shearing beginners – £80 (MCWFT will contribute £100 towards the costs of this course, per participant living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

Refresher Course – £25 (MCWFT will contribute £20 towards the costs of this course, per participant living in the Muaitheabhal Trust area)

The proposed dates for this training is 16th & 17th June

There is a maximum of 6 participants for this course.

This training is being run by the British Wool Board.

General Notes

Detail on further possible financial assistance for courses can be found below.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so please respond as soon as you can if you are interested. The Muaitheabhal Trust will take some names on a reserve list in case people pull out at the last minute.

Muaitheabhal Trust will be paying for the travel and accommodation of the trainers for the training days and the assessment days.

If you are interested in any of these courses please let Helen Sandison know as soon as possible, or if you have any questions about the training.

She can be contacted at:

Kershader Resource Centre, South Lochs,
Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QA
01851880296
helen@muaitheabhal.org.uk

Safe Use of Perticides

Everyone who uses pesticides must have adequate guidance, instruction or training for their correct use.

Anyone who uses a professional pesticide product in the course of their business or employment may not use that pesticide or give instruction to others on their use unless they have received adequate instruction, training and guidance in their correct use. In addition users of pesticides must hold a Certificate of Competence if using a pesticide if they:

Were born after 31 December 1964; or
Are providing a commercial service e.g. contactors or anyone spraying on land that is not his or his employers.

Anyone who is required to hold a Certificate of Competence can only use pesticides without a Certificate if they are supervised by someone who does hold a certificate. Obtaining a Certificate of Competence is the best way of demonstrating that you are trained to use specific types of equipment, even if under the legislation you are not required to have one.

Please note: ‘After 26 November 2015, those who previously relied on ‘grandfather rights’ must hold a certificate of competence’.

Anyone who is required to hold a Certificate of Competence can only use pesticides without a Certificate if they are supervised by someone who does hold a certificate.

Obtaining a Certificate of Competence is the best way of demonstrating that you are trained to use specific types of equipment, even if under current legislation you are not required to have one.

Training Course Details

PA1, Safe Use of Pesticides is the Foundation Module and is a condition entry before progressing to any other module. It is classroom based and covers Legislation, Product labels, Personal Safety, Storage, Disposals, Contamination, record keeping and Environmental Factors.

PA2, Ground crop Sprayer module is intended for anyone who intends to apply Pesticides using a tractor mounted sprayer. It covers Legislation, Health & Safety, Personal protective Clothing Issues, Layout of Machine and Liquid Flow, Daily maintenance and cleaning, Calibration of Machine and Field operating techniques.

PA6, Hand-held Applicators is for anyone who intends to apply Pesticides with a knapsack or other hand help operated sprayer. It involves classroom and practical work covering preparation of the sprayer, operating the sprayer, calibrating the sprayer, daily maintenance & cleaning.

Each module consists of a one day training course with the assessments then taking place on a separate day as soon as we have an assessor available.

Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs)

Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for individuals who will benefit most from this support.

You can apply for an ILA if do not have a degree or above, are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, training through the Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeship, or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

You must also have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

For more information on how to apply for an ILA Scotland account, please contact ILA Scotland on 0800 917 8000 or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

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