Free management skills workshops open for farmers

A series of new workshops has been set up for farmers and growers to learn and develop supervisory skills.

The workshops are funded by the AHDB and aimed at individuals starting out on their agricultural career or those who have been recognised as potential supervisors of the future.

Training consultancy Cedar Associates will lead the workshops at venues across the country, starting from 8 November.

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Alistair Gibb, senior consultant at Cedar Associates, said the workshops will cover communication, managing relationships, planning and organising, and leadership.

“It’s less tangible than something practical like a forklift course, but it makes a big difference to what works and what is achieved,” Mr Gibb said.

“Being good at technical tasks is often the easier part of the job. This course is designed to give people the tools to think about how they do their work and what they might do differently, reduce the stress of managing others and increase their confidence.”

Tess Howe, AHDB external industry skills development manager, said: “Agricultural and horticultural businesses now have the opportunity to improve the skills of workers who they see taking on a supervisory role in the future – or those already working as supervisors who may benefit from training.”

The workshops run from 9am to 5pm and will be held on the dates and at the locations listed below:

  • 8 November 2018 – Norwich, Norfolk
  • 22 November 2018 – York
  • 13 December 2018 – Lincolnshire
  • 17 January 2019 – Kenilworth, Warwickshire
  • 30 January 2019 – Cornwall
  • 31 January 2019 – Winchester, Hampshire
  • 7 March 2019 – Bridge of Allan, Stirling
  • 12 March 2019 – East Sussex

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