Tesco launches its Future Farmer Foundation

Tesco has launched a new initiative aimed at supporting the next generation of British farmers.

The retailer’s Future Farmer Foundation has been established to help bright, talented, determined young people make their own start in the world of agriculture, whether that’s taking over the family farm, embarking on a new business venture, or entering the industry for the first time.

In its first year, Tesco will offer a minimum of 15 young people a bespoke package of leadership training, business planning advice, mentoring, supply chain experience and networking opportunities.

Funded by Tesco and free for participants, the foundation is unique in its tailored, candidate-led approach. Successful applicants will be able to choose a programme suited to their own aspirations and business needs, and it’s hoped the foundation will also be able to offer training and support to dozens more young farmers during the application process itself.

“We’re committed to the success of British agriculture, and we want the next generation of farmers, with all their energy, talent, and dedication, to be working with us for decades to come,” Tesco’s commercial director of fresh foods, Richard Marris, said. “Whether it’s guidance on succession planning, advice on financial management, or providing access to a world-leading supply chain, we’ve developed the Future Farmer Foundation to be a strong base from which the farmers of tomorrow can launch themselves onto their chosen paths.”

The first stage of the application process is now open and will close on December 31, 2013. Prospective candidates can apply online at: www.tescofuturefarmerfoundation.com. The foundation is open to candidates aged 20 to 35 who live and work in the United Kingdom, and a selection of candidates will be invited to an assessment day in the spring.

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