Applications are now being sought for the new Farm Management Development Programme 2015/2016.
This new and unique course has been developed by working closely with key farmers from within the industry. The course is targeted at helping individuals establish the skills needed in a managerial role. Delegates will have the chance to share their experiences with like-minded people both in and out of the training room, and the programme is intended for those entering management or about to start running the family farm. The course will be delivered in the North East of England and has been supported by the Princes Countryside Fund. The Fund has pledged £45,000 to provide 50% bursaries for successful applicants for two years.
Claire Saunders, Director, The Prince’s Countryside Fund says, “We recognise that to be successful as a farmer you need to have a wide range of practical skills and abilities. One of the most important of these is business acumen. Making a career in farming can be immensely satisfying but the precarious nature of the industry means we need people coming into the industry who understand business and know how to build a resilient one. This project provides the farmers of the future with these skills and we are delighted to be supporting Bishop Burton College’s project.”
This new initiative has also attracted support from Agricultural Societies with The Chadacre Agricultural Trust and Yorkshire Agricultural Society providing some sponsorship for eligible candidates.
The course will cover topics such as:
- Business Evaluation
- Business Planning
- Costs of Production
- Regulation & CAP Reform
- People Management
By working in collaboration with the Royal Agricultural University, participants will also be awarded Accreditation once they have completed the programme.
Andrew Ward MBE of Roy Ward (Farms) Ltd is one of the farmers who helped to develop the course. He said: “I took part in a training course delivered by the RAU three years ago. Attending the course has changed my life and my business. Agriculture is changing at an alarming rate and we have to be flexible and focussed to keep up. The Farm Management Development course will prepare you for that and help you in your early years of running a profitable farming business. I just wish this type of course had been available when I started running the family farm. I was delighted to be one of the farmers approached to help with the content and delivery, this is a farming course designed by farmers for farmers.”
The two week residential course takes place 16 – 20 November 2015 and 15 – 19 February 2016 at the Riseholme Showground Campus.
The closing date for applications is 30 September 2015 with course numbers being limited to 12. Successful applicants will be invited for interview on 12 October 2015.