288: Training and development: cost or asset?

This week’s guest is Richard Longthorp. Richard is a cereals and pig farmer from Yorkshire and employees 20 people across his business.   In this episode, we delve into the topic of training and development within farming businesses – why it is important, it’s value and how to go about it.   Richard is a strong believer that providing learning and development opportunities for staff is a vital investment that all businesses, farming or otherwise, need to make.   The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 1.      Be proactive 2.      Begin with the end in mind 3.      Put first things first 4.      Think win-win 5.      Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6.      Synergize 7.      Sharpen the saw   AgriLeader Our AgriLeader programme challenges individuals from leading farms and businesses to develop the skills they need to drive their businesses forward. To support this, we ran #AgriLeadershipWeek in May 2021. #AgriLeadershipWeek was a cross-organisation campaign which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of, and opportunities for, leadership training across the agricultural sector.    Find out how you can get involved and take your business to the next level:  Business and leadership courses for farmers and growers: ahdb.org.uk/business-leadership-courses-for-farmers-and-growers  AgriLeader: ahdb.org.uk/agrileader #AgriLeadership Week: ahdb.org.uk/agrileadership-week    Get in touch If you want to find out more about AgriLeader, or talk through the options for taking your career to the next level, get in touch with one of the team.   Mark Campbell: mark.campbell@ahdb.org.uk  Izak Van Heerden: izak.vanheerden@ahdb.org.uk Amie Burke: amie.burke@ahdb.org.uk    Feedback We'd love to know what you think of our podcasts. If you’d like to give your feedback, please complete our short questionnaire, which will help us to improve the podcast on an ongoing basis, or email John Bates: john.bates@ahdb.org.uk    This episode was produced and edited by Miriam Drewett, Marcomms Manager (Pork).

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