Closing Date: 18 April 2019
Project: Farming Connect
Department: Rural
Salary: 250 y dydd/per day; 20 dydd/days y flwyddyn/per annum
Manager: Development and Mentoring Manager / Rheolwr Datblygu a Mentora
Contract: Hunan-gyflogedig / Self-employed
Bilingual Skills: Preferred
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Einir Davies
01970 636297

Agri Academy Leader - Business & Innovation Programme (self-employed)

Farming Connect


Farming Connect is a high profile, integrated project which supplies focussed training, support and advice, delivered through a pan-Wales programme of knowledge transfer activities, specialist advice and support for innovation. A key objective is to increase the emphasis on business-focused behaviour, therefore improving profitability, competitiveness and environmental performance of farm, forestry and food businesses in Wales. 


Farming Connect is funded through the Rural Development Plan (RDP) 2014 - 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Agri Academy


The Agri Academy is Farming Connect’s flagship personal development programme, inspiring the next generation of rural leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales. It provides an action packed programme of training, mentoring, support and guidance over 3 intense residential sessions, has 3 distinct elements:


Rural Leadership Programme – aimed at inspiring and developing a new generation of leaders in rural Wales


Business and Innovation Programme - aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of farming and forestry innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales


Junior Programme – aimed at supporting young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are interested in developing a career in the food, farming or land management industry


The fully subsidised Business & Innovation Programme aims to:

  • Improve members’ understanding of the matters that affect the success of their business

  • Improve members’ awareness of the opportunities and threats that face their business in the future

  • Support personal development through workshops and seminars

  • Offer opportunities to meet industry experts and business leaders

  • Create an environment to improve business management skills

  • Promote effective networking among the most forward looking agri-business people in Wales


The Business & Innovation Programme sessions for 2019 are as follows:

Initiation & Introductions: 
Royal Welsh Show: 24 July 2019
Session 1: Understanding my supply chain
Gloucestershire: 6 - 8 September 2019
Session 2: Overseas study tour
Netherlands: 13 - 17 October 2019
Session 3: Building my business
North Wales: 15 - 17 November 2019
Agri Academy Ceremony
Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Llanelwedd: 25 November 2019
Closing session: What next? 
Aberystwyth: 10 December 2019

Aim of the Role

The successful applicant will be welcome to attend the Agri Academy interviews on 29 and 30 April.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to arrange, facilitate and lead the Business & Innovation Programme in 2019.  


Role Requirements

  • Plan and organise an inspiring programme of guest speakers and workshop facilitators in line with the brief outlined above

  • Provide guidance and leadership for the Academy members and foster a trusting relationship with each individual

  • Act as a Coach and Mentor on an individual basis to each of the members of the group and support them to identify and fulfil their own goals

  • Assist all members in the process of looking into the various opportunities and choices that they have and to decide on the activities that are most appropriate for their future needs

  • Create an environment where Agri Academy members feel empowered to express themselves

  • Identify the learning needs of each individual and tailor a programme of activities to address those needs

  • Work closely with the Development & Mentoring Coordinator to coordinate meeting venues, travel, accommodation and refreshments for each session

  • Act as a Facilitator in group discussions to enable effective discussion between the members of the group so that they can learn from each other

  • Submit detailed records of all activities (pre-event and activity reports) in order to facilitate monitoring and achievement of project targets, in compliance with the project’s and Welsh Government’s reporting and monitoring systems

  • Assess progress by collecting evaluation forms at the end of each session and use the feedback to make any necessary changes to the programme

  • Actively promote the wider Farming Connect programme

  • Attend training as required in order to update sector specific knowledge and to facilitate the provision of support to farmers and foresters



  • Cooperate with the Development and Mentoring Manager and other Agri Academy Leaders in the facilitation of other Agri Academy programmes as required

  • Ensure standards for quality, customer service, equality and diversity, health and safety and biosecurity are met



Skills and Experience



  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in agriculture or related subject or 3 years’ experience of working in the agriculture industry in Wales

  • Thorough knowledge and extensive experience of business management and development

  • Thorough knowledge of the Farming Connect programme

  • Thorough knowledge of the agricultural and forestry sectors in Wales, with the ability to identify industry requirements and the latest information and research work relevant to those sectors

  • A true aspiration to develop the agricultural and forestry sectors in Wales

  • Excellent coaching and facilitating skills, with an innovative, forward thinking approach to learning and development

  • Excellent verbal and written bilingual (Welsh/English) communication skills, able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people

  • Advanced presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to assess and clearly understand the needs of the individual

  • A self-motivator, accepting responsibility for setting and reviewing priorities for achieving targets, within specific time frames, with a clear focus on quality

  • Able to be proactive and drive things forward effectively, both independently and as part of a team

  • Good standard of IT skills

  • Full driving licence and use of a car

  • Availability to work during evening and weekends as required


Making an Application


You can apply for this contract by returning your CV and covering letter to


After carefully reading the above Role Requirements and Skills and Experience, your covering letter should explain why you believe you are suitable to fulfil the contract, giving particular attention to any relevant qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge. You are also welcome to include any additional information you believe may be advantageous to your application.   


Where applicable, your CV should outline your:


  • personal details (name, address, contact number and/or email)

  • education and qualifications

  • membership of professional bodies

  • relevant experiences

  • name, address and email of two referees



Assessments will be held at Menter a Busnes’ office in Aberystwyth on Tuesday 23rd April



More Information

If you’d like more information about this post, please contact:

Einir Davies
01970 636297

How to Apply

Applications for this post can be made by downloading and completing the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form below.

Please return these forms either

  • via email to:
  • or by sending to:  Human Resources Department, Menter a Busnes, Unit 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 18 April 2019 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

Our Equality and Diversity Policy can be found in the document below.