AHDB launches management training scheme for farmers

To develop management skills in farming, the AHDB has opened applications for a Professional Manager Development Scheme (PMDS) course. 

The course, which will start in January 2018, is designed to develop the skills of farmers who manage staff and will:

  • enable them to apply business intelligence from other sectors,
  • improve communication and understanding and
  • raise the level of professionalism in their business.

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AHDB levy payers are eligible for a £3,000 discount on the professionally recognised qualification run by training specialists Cedar Associates.

Farmers who took part in the 2016 courses identified combined savings to their businesses in excess of £250,000.

There are 10 sessions planned during the fourteen-month programme, each consisting of an evening discussion followed by a day of management training. 

Farmers who take part in the course receive a formal qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and a certificate in first line management.

Tess Howe, AHDB project manager for external industry skills development, said: “Getting your farm business in shape and ready for post-Brexit opportunities is now a priority for farm businesses. Paying equal attention to your management skills should be no different and will help deliver tangible benefits to support the longevity and sustainability of your business.”


Patrick Joice, a Norfolk-based arable farmer who is on the current PMDS course, said: “This course has opened my eyes, helped me identify issues I didn’t even know I had and shown me how to resolve them. I’m now much more proactive, more aware and can sort out issues more quickly.”

How to apply

The interview panel is looking for individuals who are already in a role with responsibilities and have the ability to implement change where required.  It is essential that participants have the full support of their employer.

No qualifications are required, but applicants must be able to complete reports and commit to attend all training sessions. Places are limited.

Application forms should be submitted by Wednesday 15 November 2017 and successful candidates will be invited for interview on Wednesday 29 November.

AHDB levy payers are eligible for a discount to attend the course, which costs £950 plus VAT and includes registration, tutor and hotel fees. Non-levy payers can apply, but will be subject to the full cost of £3,950 plus VAT.

For more information and an application form, please contact Tess Howe on 07779 321 078 or email tess.howe@ahdb.org.uk