Skills for Life

What are “Skills for Life”?

They are Skills that you can learn whilst you are a member of the YFC that will benefit you either by giving you training in areas that will help you either with your job, such as  gaining a Proficiency Test or Certificate of Competence in vocational areas of your choice, or help you develop some skills that will give you confidence in your personal life.

Training Courses

There are many subjects available, and we source partners and trainers to help you get the training you need to succeed.  You would have to pay for your training, but many of the subjects covered are subsidised by the YFC, so it will cost you considerably less than if you went out get it on your own.

Recently, the most popular training courses have been in the following areas: All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Transport of Livestock, Ballroom Dancing, First Aid, Chainsaw use, Trailer Handling and Self Defence.

Below you will find a list of some of the training that is available, there may be other subjects that you have thought of and would like some help with. Please get in contact with the Skills for Life Coordinator to discuss at

Available Courses

  • Alcohol Awareness
  • All Terrain Vehicle Handling (ATV)
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Basic DIY
  • Basic Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue
  • Bee Keeping
  • Building with Concrete Blocks
  • Butter & Junket Making
  • Cake Icing – introduction to
  • Calligraphy
  • Car Maintenance
  • Cattle Foot Trimming
  • Chainsaw  – Crosscutting & Maintenance CS30 – 16 years of age +
  • Chainsaw – Operate from a Rope and Harness – 16 years of age +
  • Chainsaw – Small Tree Felling CS31 – 16 years of age +
  • Counselling Skills
  • Dinghy Sailing (introduction to)
  • DIY AI (Dairy Cattle)
  • Dog Grooming – Basic
  • Dog Grooming – Basic Clipping & Stripping
  • Dog Warden Course
  • Drug Awareness
  • Dry Stone Walling
  • Electric Arc Welding
  • Fence Erecting (Stock-Proof Fencing)
  • First Aid
  • Flower Arranging – Elements & Principles of Design
  • Food Safety – Certificated course
  • Garden Design : Introduction
  • Grass/Grazing Management
  • Great Outdoors : Practical Gardening
  • Handling & Maintenance of a Shotgun
  • Hedgelaying
  • Job Search, Self Presentation and Interview Skills
  • Lambing
  • Nesting Boxes
  • Organising Events & Activities
  • Pesticide Application – Foundation Module PA1 – 16 years of age+
  • Photography (Introduction to)
  • Ploughing
  • Poultry Trussing
  • Preparation of Cattle for Showing
  • Public Speaking
  • Riding & Road Safety – BHS exam – consecutive weeks
  • Rock Climbing  (introduction to)
  • Sea Kayaking (introduction to)
  • Self Defence
  • Sexual Health
  • Sheep Dog Training
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Sheep Stock Tasks
  • Signing
  • Smoking – so you want to give up?
  • Soft Toy Making
  • Spraying – Field Crops PA2,  Hand held  PA6 or Granular PA4  –
    16  years of age +
  • Stock Judging
  • Sugar Craft – Porcelania Flowercraft Level 1
  • Team Building
  • Telescopic Handlers FLT – NPTC or Lantra Certification
  • Towing – The Law & the Need for Training
  • Tractor Handling (Basic) – 13  years of age +
  • Transport of Livestock – Certificate of Competence
  • Upholstery
  • Woodland Management