Leadership, business skills, succession, vision, cash flows, benchmarking and business plans have been the focus for ten members of Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) over the last six months.
The individuals, all aged between 18 and 29 years of age have just completed the associations first “Cultivating Leaders” – a business programme designed to support some of Scotland’s future farmers and leaders by armouring and preparing them with skills, knowledge and contacts.
The pilot, delivered by CKD Galbraith, RBS, Campbell Dallas and Ledingham Chalmers, came to a close on Friday 19th February 2016 when the delegates summed up their experience to an audience of friends, family, sponsors and the programme delivery partners.
National Chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs Scott Wilson explained why the programme was introduced “Over the last few years we have been working to increase the range of training opportunities for our members including health and safety, cattle foot trimming, sheep shearing, first aid and cow signals. A consultation with our members highlighted there was a real desire for training linked to running your own business, establishing links with the industry and developing leadership skills. By giving them additional confidence in their own skills and ability, we hope they will now go on to take part in existing initiatives such as the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme and Nuffield Scholarship".
The programme was facilitated by Heather Wildman of Saviour Associates “Cultivating Leaders has been developed to help young farmers really challenge themselves as individuals and also their careers and future businesses. To ask who they are and what they really want to be and to achieve? This was then followed by a detailed and bespoke program delivered by renowned industry leaders and experts in a relaxed informal environment.”
She continued “These relationships will hopefully help to be their networking foundation blocks allowing them to grow and develop as individuals, leaders and members of their local community and their families. It has been a huge privilege to watch these young people grow and I do hope that this course opens up a new thirst leading them onto other opportunities”
The programme which was free and exclusive to SAYFC members was kindly sponsored by the Ingliston Trust, Henry Plumb Foundation and Mains of Loriston Charitable Trust, and will be returning again this year.