Future proofing independent agronomy
AICC launched its own in-house Academy scheme to assist members in growing their business and to future proof the continued growth of independent agronomy. The aim of AICCA is to enhance the level of expertise of these new entrants post BASIS to provide them with a sound technical platform in preparation for a career in independent agronomy.
AICC has looked at various ways to address the issue of succession based on schemes available to trainees run by other groups but AICCA is structured differently as the emphasis is on the AICC member to choose his/her trainee and AICC will then support them through a bespoke academy. There is clearly a demand for young entrants who have already started working within AICC members groups. 53 trainees are currently on the scheme.
Trainees will have BASIS qualification or working towards it and are already working with an established AICC member or member group. AICC Members will be able to enrol their trainees, or those who have newly qualified, onto the scheme and each group will go through the academy together therefore providing another network of support for their future career. The academy will be in modular forms covering all aspects of agronomy including crops, nutrition, harvesting and storage, rotations and cropping systems, management of resistance, Soils in 2 parts, Precision Farming, Sprayer Technology, Business Management, Agricultural policy, Farming finances, AICC business support. In addition, trainees will be exposed to industry partner training and networks and assisted with accessing and interpreting independent R & D data. AICCA is funded by AICC.
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