Published Wednesday, 10th October 2012 in SAC Consulting news
The search is on for the next generation of top young farmers willing to pit their skills and judgment in this year’s AgriScot Business Skills award, worth £1,000 to the winner.
It is open to 18-25 year olds and will test the candidates practical knowledge of farm management as well as their business acumen and awareness of agri-business issues.
The competition, devised by AgriScot Chairman Andrew Moir, is organised by both SRUC and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs. Entrants must submit a CV and a 200- 250 word essay on the “Importance of Continual Professional Development (CPD) to the Professional Agri business Manager”. Successful applicants will then go forward to regional heats held on farms in the north, east and west of Scotland on November 3. The final winner will be selected at AgriScot on November 21. He, or she, will take the £1,000 first prize, presented by Biocell Agri Limited, who want to support young people coming into the industry.
One of the first ever finalists was David Hurst who, as a direct result of the contacts made while in the final, gained a job as farm manager at Balgay, Inchture. More recently, Bruce Ingram, now completing his Honours Degree in Agriculture, was a runner up in the competition.
"I found the Business Skills competition a challenging but interesting and enjoyable experience”, he said. “I would really encourage others to enter this year. It offered me the opportunity to be involved in a real life interview scenario which gave me both experience and confidence which will stand me in good stead for the future”.
Entries for the 2012 Business Skills Competition close on Friday October 12. Competition details can be obtained by e-mailing Bill Dingwall at Bill.Dingwall@sruc.ac.uk.
Photo caption: Last years winner Donald Millar (left) from Trailflat Farm in Dumfriesshire receives his prize.
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