Why RMPP are investing in upskilling our rural professionals
Over the past 30 years the sheep and beef sector has made huge leaps in productivity. Some of these gains could be attributed to the forming of discussion groups, the coming together of farmers at field days, industry websites and the range of other ways we have disseminated information to farmers.
However, as we are facing more complex issues in the current farming environment and as we explore more about how farmers learn, there is an acknowledgement that those providing support services to the sector, need to grow their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. It is the conversations and support that are critical in helping farmers to
- Feel confident in a decision they are about to make on-farm
- Own their own solutions to problems and
- Grow their knowledge on a subject and be able to apply the new learning to their own situation
RMPP have trialed three facilitation courses which are critical to upskilling both rural professionals and farmers looking at leadership roles in their communities. These three courses are:
1)Facilitation Support Training (1 day workshop)
To give farmers the skills to assist a Lead Facilitator at field days and seminars, by running small group activities in break-out sessions.
2)Lead Facilitator Training (2 day workshop)
Providing rural professionals with new skills on how to facilitate farmer groups to build farmer confidence and increase practice change on farm
3)Extension Design and Facilitation Training (2 day workshop)
To provide training to rural professionals to improve their understanding of designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply the learning to their own business. This course includes advanced facilitation skills.
How to get involved
If you are a rural professional or farmer and would like the opportunity to attend one (or more) of the courses above, you can register your interest by emailing email@example.com or call 0800 733632
Course cost: no course fees (until March 2018); attendees are required to pay for their own travel and accommodation.
“I’ve been a facilitator at field days and seminars for a number of years as part of my farm consultancy role. I wasn’t sure what value I would get out of facilitator training. However, these new courses really challenged me to reflect on my facilitation style. I now have a number of new tools to use when facilitating farmer discussions and groups that will add value to both their business and mine. It was a great chance to get some formal facilitation training after many years of learning on the run.” Stephen Thomson, Consultant, AgFirst