There are a number of agricultural, rural and business leadership programmes available in the UK.
They typically range from two to three weeks in duration, although Nuffield scholarships take longer, and are often split to minimise time away from businesses.
Costs vary from £750 to more than £5,000.
Government-run programmes, such as the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme, are heavily subsidised.
Most course operators have direct access to private and charitable funding to help those who need financial help.
Farming Connect, Wales, Agri Academy Rural Leadership Targeted at the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, this personal development course provides a programme of training, mentoring, support and guidance over three residential sessions and virtual supplementary sessions.
For more information, visit businesswales.gov.wales/ farmingconnect/business/ skills-and-training/agri-academy
Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership Development Programme This residential programme, delivered in Cirencester, Brussels and Westminster, is aimed at the more proficient candidate who is already in a management role.
Applications typically open in July, interviews take place in October and the course runs over three separate weeks in February, March and April.
For more information, visit rau.ac.uk/study/iagrm
MDS graduate scheme MDS provides a graduate scheme for the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry.
It is a partnership of companies that aims to equip young people with the confidence and ability to rapidly become senior business leaders.
For more information, visit mds-ltd.co.uk Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust aims to inspire passion in people and develop their potential to lead positive change in farming and food.
Typically, Nuffield makes awards to around 20 individuals working in farming, horticulture, forestry or any other countryside and ancillary industry.
For more information, visit nuffieldscholar.org Rural Youth Project (RYP) RYP runs a range of ideas festivals, training events and mentoring for young people living and working rurally.
For more information, visit rypsv.com and ruralyouthproject.com
The Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme The course is designed to equip rural business owners and managers with the confidence and skills to make bold decisions to get the best from themselves, their business and their team.
For more information, visit scottish-enterprise.com Windsor Leadership Programme funded by the Farmers Club Charitable Trust The Farmers Club Charitable Trust has now supported 22 individuals from agriculture to join the Windsor Leadership Trust.
The course brings together people from all sectors.
Anyone from the agricultural sector can apply but some leadership experience is needed to get the most from the programme.
Anyone wanting to apply can make a submission at any time of year and interviews take place in the summer for participation the following year.
Nick Green, farmer and a trustee of the trust, says: “You meet people that you are unlikely to meet in any other environment and the experience will stay with you and can be used for a lifetime.”
For more information, visit windsorleadership.org.uk Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) Courses available include: Challenge of Rural Leadership.
Applications open September 30, with interviews on October 27, and start scheduled for January 2022.
Held at Dartington Hall, Devon Agricultural Business Management.
Applications closed, interviews September 1-2, 2021, start date November 2021 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester DWCF Cranfield Business Growth Programme.
Applications welcome during the year, with start dates in February and September each year.
Held at Cranfield Business School DWCF Cranfield MBA full-time.
Applications welcome during the year.
MBA starts in September and the executive MBA starts in January.
Held at Cranfield Business School For more information, visit farmerslivery.org.uk/our-courses