The programme which is fully funded by Tesco was set up in 2014 and aims to support and inspire young people in UK and Irish farming.
It is available to people aged 20-35 years from all farming sectors, including new entrants and next generation farmers, who look to develop a successful future in agriculture and aquaculture.
To date, 300 young farmers have participated in the programme with 50 places available from January each year. Around 33% have been industry new entrants with the remainder next generation farmers.
The programme consists of access to Tesco’s supply chain via supplier visits, access to industry and peer mentors, a £10,000 training fund which is available to every intake and 5 workshops over the course of two days which are designed to address the key challenges in agriculture including; leadership skills, marketing, understanding the supply chain, succession, land acquisition and business planning.
NatWest are responsible for delivering the finance aspect of the workshop and have designed a bespoke package for the Future Farmer group.