New manager development scheme seeks “high fliers”

Potential high fliers who want to take their careers in agriculture to the next stage are invited by AHDB to apply for a new series of professional development sessions, with the additional prospect of saving their businesses money in the process.

The Board’s 2016/17 Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS16) offers selected managers a series of 10 sessions, each involving an evening discussion with visiting speakers followed by a day of management training. Due to run from April 2016 to June 2017, the programme will lead to an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) certificate in first line management (level 3).

Developed by AHDB and delivered by Cedar Associates, PMDS16 is open to managers from all agricultural and horticultural sectors who want to become more effective and efficient in their roles. Applicants must also be in a position to make changes to improve their business.

“The impact of bringing people together to discuss common issues has been amazing,” said AHDB skills development manager, Tess Howe. “The last group, for example, achieved savings of more than £250,000 by improving management skills.”

Ms Howe added that the scheme is also a way to help improve understanding and promote better communication both within and across sectors.

AHDB levy payers will be eligible for a discount to attend the course, reducing the cost to them to £850 plus VAT. Non levy payers will be subject to the full £3,750 cost of attending the course.

The closing date for applications is February 15, followed by interviews on March 1.

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