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Call for Agri Businesses to Invest in Their Future Leaders

24 August 2022

An ambitious new training programme aimed at promising employees in agriculture and adjacent sectors has been launched by SAOS, with support from NFU Mutual, NFU Scotland and delivery partners, The Leadership Factory. Businesses are being asked to nominate and invest in the development of staff members they feel have strong leadership potential.

The course has been specifically designed to enable participants for the strategic and operational challenges that businesses and industry face now, as well as those to come. The training will provide the small cohort with the tools and skills, not only to thrive personally, but also with a confident and adaptable mindset, helping them become team builders and leaders and the catalysts for change required in such challenging and uncertain times.

Tim Bailey, Chief Executive of SAOS, said: “We identified the vital need in our sector for investment in training with a strategic focus some time ago, and have been working together with our partners and a wider steering group of our co-op members and industry to get the content right. We are delighted to be working with The Leadership Factory, who a proven track record in delivering targeted leadership academies, and we’re excited to get things moving with our first cohort in October.”

Mark McBrearty explained why NFU Mutual was keen to support the programme: “For many years, NFU Mutual has supported training that helps increase competence in the workplace. This exciting new programme not only helps participants now, but will equip them for the challenges ahead, helping safeguard the future of the agri and related industries.”

Scott Walker, Chief Executive of NFU Scotland was also fully supportive of the programme, adding: ”Planning for the future, particularly succession planning, is often a real challenge for farms and agri businesses. Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders provides employers with the opportunity to invest in, encourage and stimulate promising employees, to fast track their potential and build the confidence required to take on more senior roles.”

Penny Williams, Head of Operations at The Leadership Factory said: “I'm pleased to be involved in this programme. Having grown up in rural Aberdeenshire - an honorary Fyvie quine from age 9 - I feel deeply about the agricultural sector, so I’m delighted to be part of a programme supporting and developing leaders in this ever-evolving industry.”

Applications/nominations are now open for the programme and close on 9th September. Interested parties can find out more by clicking on the brochure link below.  Get in touch to apply or nominate someone else at saos@saos.coop


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