The scheme, which starts in October, will consist of an 18-month programme designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to excel in leadership roles within ForFarmers. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and development, ForFarmers aims to enhance its leadership capabilities and ensure a bright future for both the company and the wider agricultural industry.
The two apprenticeship courses, "Level 3 Team Leader" and "Level 5 Operational Management," are being delivered by partner organisation Itec. They will provide a comprehensive and tailored learning experience for employees from various departments across the company. Over 70 employees have been selected to join the first cohort, marking a significant investment in the professional development of ForFarmers’ workforce.
Steven Read, ForFarmers UK Managing Director, said: ‘Any business is only as good as the individuals within in, and particularly its leaders and future leaders. At ForFarmers we believe in this passionately and it is what ultimately will enable us to achieve our mission For The Future of Farming.
“With this in mind I am delighted that we are embarking on an apprenticeship programme that will enable the professional development of so many colleagues. I am therefore pleased to welcome ForFarmers’ first group to their studies this month. It will be the first of many and will be part of what enables us to really live our values.”
James Pearson, Director at Itec, added: "We are thrilled to have been selected as ForFarmers’ exclusive Learning Partner for their Leadership Apprenticeship. Collaborating closely with the ForFarmers team, we are dedicated to crafting a truly unique and adaptable Leadership Development Programme for managers."