BP2019 marks the start of the sign up for the next batch of up-and-coming potato professionals to take part in the 2020 Next Generation training programme.
Heading in to its fourth intake, the successful initiative will open the recruitment process for 15 candidates from across the UK supply chain at the British Potato event in Harrogate, 21-22 November, 2019.
AHDB Potatoes is looking for people from all areas of the industry and successful candidates will take part in a year-long development programme, including business and technical sessions, as well as supply chain visits.
According to Sophie Churchill, Chair of AHDB Potatoes, â€œThe Next Generation programme aims to provide the platform to develop future leaders and give them exposure to areas of our business which they wouldnâ€™t usually have. We look for people to learn about the potato sector in its entirety, with focus on the promotion, production and protection of our industry.â€
â€œWe welcome applications from different job profiles, geographic regions and market sectors, so I would urge anyone who is interested in learning about the potato industry to put themselves forward and apply.â€
Said Tom Macfarlane, Farm Manager for Velcourt in Lincolnshire, who took part in last yearâ€™s programme: â€œI found the next generation programme extremely worthwhile. I have learned a lot about the sector as a whole and made some valuable contacts in the process.â€
In previous years, sessions have included a visit to McCain headquarters, a tour of Scottish seed production businesses and a Westminster roundtable with MPs with farming briefs and agricultural constituencies.
Send a video describing why you should be considered for a place by 31 January 2020.
For more information on how to apply please visit the AHDB stand 130 at BP2019 orÂ ahdb.org.uk/next-generation-programme