Which Worshipful Company of Farmers Course is right for you?

A synopsis of all the educational courses the Worshipful Company of Farmers offers

Delegates at the ACABM at the RAU, Cirencester

Which Worshipful Company of Farmers course is right for you?

The Worshipful Company of Farmers has for many years been recognised as one of the leading providers of management and leadership training within agriculture. Delegates of our courses regularly go on to make a significant contribution to the industry and to hold senior position throughout the food supply chain.

Our range of courses has been gradually evolving and developing to the point where we now offer and support a portfolio of courses. Each course has been specifically designed or selected to offer delegates the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities in the company of others of a like mind and purpose.

Whichever course you choose you can be sure it has been organised to create the environment and stimulation needed to enable you to fully express your potential. By advancing your education and personal development and by giving you the tools to help you analyse and deal with the many issues in your particular work place and in the wider world of agriculture, we aim to put you in a position to not only achieved your personal goals but to make a significant contribution to the industry as a whole.

One of the strengths of the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ courses, especially the Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management and the Challenge of Rural Leadership, is the inclusion of delegates from around the world with mainland Europe and Australasia frequently represented.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is proud to promote the range of courses indicated below. For each course you will find a brief synopsis on this page and more details, including everything you need to know about applying to join a particular course, how to apply for financial assistance etc  on the course page which can be accessed via the menu to the right. 

Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management (ACABM)

RAU Cirencester - Gloucestershire

Started in 1963.

While attending the three- week residential course, individuals will develop an understanding and awareness of strategic issues likely to affect their own business, become a better motivator and communicator, help to increase the influence of the rural community, nationally and internationally and to gain a greater insight into the political, financial and environmental challenges affecting the future of rural industries.

The learning is provided by using case studies, by working in teams and by using a range of visiting speakers.

The ideal course for owner managers of a farm or agri-business.

Those who have had an Advanced education – university (but not essential) 

Age 26 years plus, to 50 years or thereabouts.

Business Growth Programme (BGP)

Cranfield - Buckinghamshire

Designed specifically for the development of owner-managers, the Business Growth Programme helps you create the future you want for your business and for yourself.

This programme provides a unique opportunity for you to step back from the day-to-day demands of running your business. By the end of the programme you will have developed a comprehensive and robust strategy and a plan for the future.

Delegates in attendance are from a wide spectrum of businesses.

Delegates generally own or manage a with businesses that has been in operation for 3 or more years, with a staff of 5 to 50 and a turnover between £0.5m and £20m

Late 20’s years and over – no upper limit.

Challenge of Rural Leadership (CRL)

Dartington Hall, Devon

Under the tutorage of Richard Soffe of Rural Business School, Duchy College.

Started in 1992

Runs for 2 weeks and aims to develop the personalities and business acumen of the delegates by addressing media training and group discussions which help with self-confidence and communication. Additionally, visiting influential speakers cover policy and their own leadership styles.

Delegates can share their experiences and develop mentors and friendships that have been demonstrated over the years to offer considerable on-going support.

The course, as well as appealing to practical farmer also serves a useful training for policy makers, journalists, advisors and consultants.

Those who have had an advanced education – university (but not essential)

Age 26 years plus to50 years or thereabouts.

Leadership and Management Programme (LAMP)

Keele University, Staffordshire

Under the tutorage of Richard Soffe of Rural Business School, Duchy College.

Started in 2017

This 5-day course is for the preparation of young managers for leadership and management responsibilities within the rural sector.

LAMP is for a wide cross-section of aspirational people, including those with few formal academic qualifications, and those who may not have attended University. By the end of the course, participants will better understand the inter-relationship between management and leadership, will have explored the theories related to leadership and management through a case study alongside models of good practice and they will have had the opportunity to be inspired by the experiences of leaders from the rural sector.

This course is specifically for those in farming who may not have had an advanced agricultural education and who may well, for instance, have gone to work on the farm straight after GCSE’s or following attendance at an agricultural college.

For these individuals now looking to accelerate their careers, and perhaps contemplating a move into a junior management position, this course provides the tools and training to accelerate their progress.

22 years and over.

MBA – Cranfield

Cranfield - Buckinghamshire

The MBA programmes are designed to help the delegates to develop robust leadership skills and acquire a broad range of management tools and techniques. The graduates are in demand in the fast-moving world of business, where management skills are often at a premium. 

Delegates from a wide spectrum of businesses have successfully completed the Cranfield MBA.

There are two study options, you will find them outlined below. The first is a one year full time MBA and the second a two year, part time Executive MBA . 

Both MBA courses are for inspiring executive managers. Age 35 plus no upper limit. 

One year full time MBA

This is a general management programme with a focus on practical real-world learning and leadership development. It is consistently ranked among the best MBAs in the world. This programme is designed for professionals with at least three years' work experience and suits people who:

  • Recognise that business success is about people, about collaboration, intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence
  • Want a 'real world' business education where learning theories, tools and techniques are complemented by learning to apply them in genuine business situations
  • Are motivated to become better leaders, team players and individuals, and who are committed to developing themselves and others.

Two year part-time Executive MBA 

The unique MBA Executive programme, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton combines the best of academic insight and commercial application. This is used to help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on business growth and innovation.

The Executive MBA is especially designed for middle managers wanting to move into a senior management role and those on a fast-track career path within their organisations.

Businesses increasingly seek strategic thinkers with sound leadership capabilities, strong financial skills, an entrepreneurial mind-set, global understanding and excellent people skills. The Cranfield Executive MBA, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton, will take you out of your comfort zone and transform you to reflect, question and find solutions to complex business challenges.