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Management training to boost productivity

AHDB is offering new course in leadership and management to help catch up with other countries in productivity levels

A new training programme for growers and farmers is aiming to address the lack of leadership in agriculture and boost productivity.

The AHDB-led course will tackle the productivity-gap between the UK and other nations, with research showing a correlation between business performance and the level of skills and education.

Currently less than 35 per cent of farmers and growers receive formal management training, yet agricultural businesses may lead and manage a wide variety of people, from contractors to advisors, to employees.

AHDB industry skills development manager, Tess Howe, said: “There’s a lack of training to increase leadership and management skills in our industry, particularly in the livestock sector, where farmers believe that because they don’t employ many people, they don’t manage people. That’s not the case – working with your feed supplier, your vet, your bank or financial advisor, all takes management and leadership skills. 

“What we’re learning from farmers and growers is that an intermediate management training programme is needed, something to help people who have some experience in management or leadership but are not at the stage where they’re making bigger-picture decisions. That’s why we’ve sponsored the effective manager training programme for levy payers and their staff, who receive a £350 discount on the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) course.”

The four-day course leads to an internationally recognised qualification, the ILM Level 3 Award, building a foundation of leadership capabilities, which give farmers confidence in managing people.

The Effective Manager Training Programme costs £200 for levy payers and runs over four days, beginning in October 2019 held at venues in Worcester and Peterborough, until February 2020.

To reserve a place contact the AHDB Knowledge Exchange Events Hub on 01904 771218 or email


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