This year’s Agri Leadership Week aims to raise awareness about opportunities within the industry for individuals wishing to develop their management and leadership skills, organisers have said.

The social media campaign, #AgriLeadershipWeek, will run from today (Monday, May 15) until Sunday, May 21.

Now in its third year, the campaign sees a collaboration between several UK agricultural institutions, including:

  • The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture (TIAH);
  • Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust;
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB);
  • Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS);
  • Farmers Club Charitable Trust;
  • Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM);
  • Lantra;
  • Management Development Services (MDS);
  • National Farmers Union (NFU);
  • Oxford Farming Conference Inspire Programme;
  • Worshipful Company of Farmers.

The campaign will include a webinar about allyship and aim to promote diversity in the agricultural sector. It will also include a takeover FarmersoftheUK Twitter account.

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Nearly 75% of agricultural employers have not carried out any formal management or leadership training themselves in the last few years.

This is according to a 2022 survey conducted by TIAH and the University of Exeter, which also found that 42% of employers are “somewhat or very unwilling” to employ people from a non-agricultural background.

As a result, the campaign organisers said, the aim of Agri Leadership Week is to drive awareness of the diverse range of leadership courses for those in the agricultural sector.

Additionally, the collaborators want to encourage “everyone in the industry to develop their skills and support people from outside of the industry”.

All members of the UK agriculture, horticulture and rural-based industries are encouraged to get in touch with featured organisations for more details on how to take advantage of the options available.