The search is on for up to four young East Anglian agri-professionals who, with support from TMAF, want to build their management, communication and business skills by attending an exceptional training course.
Visionary farmer’s legacy helps this generation
High calibre coaching in the skills needed to progress in a career in agriculture can be hard to find. But Hampshire farmer John Edgar, in whose name a trust operates today, believed in the value of building the managerial and leadership skills of younger farmers, farm managers and others. These are the skill sets that are the focus of the annual, in-depth training financed by the John Edgar Trust (JET), more than fifty years after the early death of its namesake.
Great training brings great results
TMAF Farm Manager David Jones has personal experience of the value of the JET training. “It inspired me in so many ways”, David remembers. “As part of the course I went on we went to visit a farm that had diversified into growing birdseed for sale in garden centres. I thought that if that farmer could do something different then so can I. It made me determined to get a job with more of a challenge and more responsibility. It also gave me the confidence to speak up in a crowd, something that I am still using today.”
Apply for the next John Edgar Trust course
The next JET course is looking for the next set of early career professionals, aged somewhere between 25-35 years of age or thereabouts, who have perhaps been to university or college, have had 2-3 years of work in farming and are now ambitious to take the next step. Financial assistance is available to help with the participant contribution required towards the cost of the course.
The training comprises three residential sections (at a location in Hampshire) with training given by talented tutors in topics including:
- managing people
- business practice, taxation and law
- media management
- leadership, personal and organisational
If you, or someone you know, is interested to find out more about the next JET course, and whether they meet the criteria to submit an application, then the first step is to contact David Jones at TMAF.
In your email to David, give some details about who you are, what you do and your ambitions in your agricultural career and he will get in touch with you. TMAF is supporting places for up to four candidates from East Anglia. The deadline for final applications to be with JET is 7th June 2021.
So, what are you waiting for?