Farm manager training aims to bridge productivity gap

AHDB said that a new course seeks to address a lack of leadership skills in farming and plug a productivity gap between the UK and other countries.

The organisation said that identified as one of the core business skills, improving leadership and management will help the industry become more productive, with research showing a correlation between business performance and the level of skills and education.

Currently less than 35% of farmers and growers receive formal management training, yet agricultural businesses may lead and manage a wide variety of people – from contractors, to advisors, to employees.

Tess Howe, AHDB’s industry skills development manager, said: “There’s a lack of training to increase leadership and management skills in our industry, particularly in the livestock sector, where farmers believe that because they don’t employ many people, they don’t manage people. That’s not the case – working with your feed supplier, your vet, your bank or financial advisor, all takes management and leadership skills.

“What we’re learning from farmers and growers is that an intermediate management training programme is needed, something to help people who have some experience in management or leadership but are not at the stage where they’re making bigger-picture decisions. That’s why we’ve sponsored the effective manager training programme for levy payers and their staff, who receive a £350 discount on the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) course.”

The four-day course leads to an internationally recognised qualification, the ILM Level 3 Award, building a foundation of leadership capabilities which give farmers confidence in managing people.

The Effective Manager Training Programme costs £200 for levy payers and runs over four days, beginning in October 2019, at venues in Worcester and Peterborough, until February 2020.

To reserve a place contact the AHDB Knowledge Exchange Events Hub on 01904 771218 or email naiya.khatri@ahdb.org.uk.

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