Upskilling and training opportunities

31 Jan 2019

31 Jan 2019

Here we share some professional training providers and bodies:

Aspire Leadership
Training on leadership, communication, management and presentation skills.
020 3286 5446

Professional qualifications, short courses and online study in a range of professional/business development skills.

Negotiation and GSCOP training delivered by former buyers of major UK supermarkets.

City & Guilds
Various business and finance qualifications.

Impact Factory
Training on communication, leadership, management, resilience and work-life balance.
020 7226 1877

Hundreds of business and leadership courses, including online ones.

Not a provider, but a useful online search tool for thousands of professional courses around the country.


Agricultural training providers and programmes

Royal Agricultural University
The university runs the following three-week residential courses:

John Edgar Trust Management Development Scheme
Open to those in southern England at an early stage of their careers and with management experience or potential and who are likely to be future leaders in their field.
01285 889 879

Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership Development Programme
Known within the industry for turning out great leaders in the agri-food sector, the course covers
communication and management skills, personal development, EU and international affairs and UK industry leaders and policies.

Worshipful Company of Farmers Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management
Running since 1963, the course develops individuals’ capacity to understand and manage their own business. It covers business strategy, financial management, change management, communication and more.
01285 889 879

Bishop Burton College
The Farm Management Development Programme takes place over two one-week residential blocks and aims to develop young people in a management position in farming or a rural business. It covers: farm budgeting, analysis of farm accounts, people management, motivation,
leadership, understanding the costs of production, benchmarking, communication skills, time management, resource planning and risk management.

The sector skills council for agriculture, it provides a wide range of professional development courses for those in the land-based sector. A good place to search using its online tool.

The Open University
Can’t leave the farm? Try Europe’s largest university and the world’s leading distance-learning provider. It offers a range of short courses on professional development skills.

Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC)
There is a need and desire from young people, industry and employers for further leadership and business skills, so with this in mind SAYFC offers its Cultivating Leaders Programme for its members. Topics include understanding what makes a good leader, business planning and
developing financial skills.

Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Joining forces to fund a programme aimed at business managers and employees from small- to medium- sized rural businesses who want to develop skills in leadership and boost their business.