Farming leadership course deadline looms

Time is running out to apply for a place on a farming and rural enterprise training course.

The deadline for applications to the John Edgar management development scheme, run by the Hampshire-based John Edgar Trust, is 1 June.

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The trust is dedicated to helping people achieve their potential in farming and rural enterprises throughout southern England and the course aims to develop individuals working in the rural sector into more effective leaders.

Applications are invited from people who are at an early stage in their career in agriculture or a rural business based in the South, the trust said.

Applicants should already be in a management position or at least show the potential to achieve this in the near future, the trust added.

After the deadline an interview round on 20 June will select 12 people for an award to participate in the course that will then run in early 2019.

Although the course is sponsored by the trust, participants will be asked to make a contribution of £500 towards the cost of their training.

However, bursaries are available at the discretion of the trustees for individuals who might be unable to pay this. 

The course

The three-module residential course in rural business management will cover managing people, business practice, taxation and law, media management and leadership.

Course dates 2019

  • 7-11 January five-day tutored course at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
  • 28-31 January four-day project-based case study module based at the RAU, Cirencester
  • 25-28 February four-day project-based case study module based at a Hampshire Hotel

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by 1 June 2018.

The 2018-19 application form is available as a pdf.