Our Centre for Agricultural Innovation offers professional training courses aimed to upskill within the farming community. Many our training programmes are created for farmers by farmers focusing on knowledge and skill sharing and develop the abilities of young people in the agricultural environment.
Fresh Start runs business based academies designed to support and develop the next generation of farmers and growers, land managers and land based businesses. Following the Fresh Start Beef and Sheep Academy, held a Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire from November 2016 - March 2017, this November 2017 they will be launching their Farm Business Academy.
This academy is open to anyone (18 or over) who is looking to expand their existing business skills base.
Further details of the Fresh Start Farm Business Academy starting in November 2017 will be available soon.
The Farm Management Development Programme is a new training course that has been developed with farmers for farmers. The course is aimed at helping to develop young people in a management type position in farming or a rural business. Through the delivery of two, one week residential programmes they will learn from their shared experiences as well as hearing from speakers from within the industry on topics such as: how to prepare a whole farm budget, the analysis of farm accounts, people management, motivation, leadership and leadership styles, machinery costs, understanding the costs of production, how to benchmark against other farm businesses, communication skills, time management, marketing, resource planning and risk management.
Delegates who wish to receive academic credit can enrol onto an Applied Farm Management module and complete assessment which is accredited by the Royal Agricultural University. The course has received grant funding from: The Princes Countryside Fund, Chadacre Agricultural Trust and the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association.
Applications for the two week residential course are now open. Find out more about the course and download an application form.
"The course has been one of the best experiences of my life so far. The friends and contacts within the industry I have made will stay close and guide me through whatever the future may hold for agriculture. The content of the course has been truly amazing. I came away feeling that there is no stone left unturned but, should I ever find one, I now know someone who could give me the answer." James Nightingale (2016 / 17 Delegate)
"Great people, great speakers and a great time had by all. I came away from the course with a better understanding of how important it is to work out costs down to the finest of detail, which can make the difference between having a profitable farm or one that falls by the way side. Also how networking with like-minded people makes life so much easier and so much more fun." - Gary Shipley (2015 / 16 Delegate)