Scottish young farmers will soon be benefiting from a new agricultural and business training programme.
A new agricultural and business training programme has been launched by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC).
Announced at the Royal Highland Show, Cultivating Futures will encompass access to affordable practical training, business and efficiency training and an online information hub, while progressing the associations own leadership programme ’cultivating leaders’.
Cultivating Leaders was launched last year when SAYFC recognised the need for rural youth training, and now with a grant of £30,000 from the Scottish Government’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Department, the associatioin can further develop its programme and will be rolling out Cultivating Futures over the next year.
The programme will offer those who did not go to college or university, or achieve all the training they needed through their education the opportunity to pick up new skills that will benefit them within the workplace and in their own social environment.
National chairman of SAYFC, Stuart Jamieson said: "The re-introduction of the Agri and Rural Affairs committee has allowed the association to focus more on the roots of the organisation, and assisting our members to tackle the industry challenges we face.
"In order to best equip them to do this, we have consulted with SAYFC Board of Management, National Council, Agri and Rural Affairs Committee and our various Regional groups, as well as stakeholders such as NFUS to develop Cultivating Futures.”
And after a successful pilot, Cultivating Leaders will return looking at how to manage succession, goals and leadership to finding out more about what a bank will support and how to complete a tenancy application helping those who want to start their own business or take a leading role in an existing one.
Mr Jamieson said: "It has been developed to ensure it meets the interests and needs of rural youth, and through the range of subsidised or free training it will providing a lasting impact that will benefit the whole of the Scottish industry.
"I would encourage as many members, no matter the geographical location or current experience to take up this opportunity."