Training and Education
Under the umbrella of Newton Rigg, the National Centre for the Uplands can offer a range of courses vital not only for training young entrants but also to enable the uplands to benefit from mid-career switchers or experienced entrepreneurs.
This is ideal for people who may seek a lifestyle that combines small scale traditional farming in the uplands with the development of their own non-farming businesses, the pursuit of a supporting career or an enterprise which adds value to their farming through tourism or direct marketing, alone or in collaboration with other farmers. The National Centre for the Uplands now offers a Higher Apprenticeship in Agricultural Business Management which can be contextualised to suit an uplands farmer along with a range of short courses covering specialist areas such as upland livestock, drystone walling and hedge laying.
With the National Centre for the Uplands tasked with the delivery of training and education through best practice, it is essential that this is based on working examples. The National Centre for the Uplands has access to Newton Rigg’s hill farm at Mungrisdale, along with the neighbouring land at Eycott Hill in partnership with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and Shap Moor which allows us to train through demonstration. There are many other examples in the UK where students can see the success of projects involving black grouse, hen harriers or grey partridges but although useful in the learning process, most demonstration sites are not of the scale to show how the multiple outcomes demanded from our uplands can be delivered in unison.