The search is on for mentors to aspiring dairy farmers currently participating in Entrepreneurs in Dairying, the new business training programme launched earlier this year by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
Dairy producers and those with an interest in the sector are invited to volunteer for a 12 month period commencing December. Each mentor will be fully trained as part of the Get Mentoring in Farming initiative in which RABDF is fully involved, after which they will be required to commit one hour per month providing unbiased support and guidance.
“Entrepreneurs in Dairying programme is currently running at three colleges - Newton Rigg, Cumbria; Llysfasi and Glynllifon Colleges in North Wales; and Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre, Somerset, delivering training in specialist areas to those without a future on a family unit farm, yet with ambitions to farm in their own right,” explains programme manager, Emily Egan. “To complement the training, each student is offered a specialist mentor in conjunction with the respective college, and matched to the needs of the individual student in their locality.
“Mentoring is an important element to business training which has been sadly lacking in agriculture which can be a very lonely career, whilst it is commonplace in other sectors. We believe that our course participants will benefit from a ‘guardian angel’ to call up to discuss issues which will enable them to make better business decisions for themselves.”
Further information on how to get involved from RABDF’s Emily Egan on 0845 4582711 firstname.lastname@example.org