A free Powys based agricultural training programme is encouraging young farmers in the area to get involved.

A Powys based initiative, named AgriStart, has been launch aimed at supporting young people, from non-farming background, with free training in a range of agricultural and horticultural courses.

Targeting 16 to 28-year-olds, this exclusively Powys based offer provides a range of fully funded training courses, including Tractor Driving, Health & Safety, and Livestock Handling, tailored to provide essential skills in various areas and are available both face-to-face and online.

Run by Lantra Wales, the programme is supported by Powys County Council and funded through the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

Sarah Lewis, Deputy Director Lantra Wales, said: “AgriStart has the potential to support those passionate about a future in agriculture and horticulture through supporting their training needs.

“Our hope is that this will ensure the sector's vitality for years to come. I would encourage any young person interested to seize this opportunity.”

Cllr David Selby, the council’s Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys and Chair of the Powys Shared Prosperity Fund Local Partnership Board, added: “One of the key challenges facing Powys is an aging population, particularly in the agricultural sector. This project is a vital step in preparing young individuals with the right skills and certifications, encouraging a young and dynamic workforce in the sector.

“Our aim is to ensure learners have a positive and influential training experience, setting them on a path to continued professional development and a fulfilling career in agriculture and horticulture.'"

To learn more visit: wales.lantra.co.uk/agristart