Facilitation Training

Why RMPP is investing in training for rural professionals

The Challenge
Over the past 30 years the sheep and beef sector has made big leaps in productivity.  Some of these gains can be attributed to participation in discussion groups, farmer field days, information on industry websites and the range of other ways farmers get their ideas and advice.

However, as farmers face more complex issues and we explore more about how farmers learn, we're here to help those providing support services improve their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. These conversations and support that are critical to help farmers:

  • 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 apply the new learning to their own situation.

The Solution
RMPP is running two facilitation courses which are critical to improving skills for both rural professionals and farmers looking at leadership roles in their communities:

Lead Facilitator Training (two-day workshop)
This provides rural professionals with insights into how farmers learn and how to facilitate learning and build farmer confidence to increase practice change on-farm.

2019 course dates:
22 & 23 January - Christchurch
13 & 14 February - Palmerston North
28 February & 1 March - Wellington
5 & 6 March - Hamilton
21 & 22 March - Dunedin

RMPP Action Network Fundamentals and Extension Design (two-day workshop)
For rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under RMPP Action Network. Training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply this to their own business.

2019 course dates:
12 & 13 February  - Gore
26 & 27 February - Christchurch
27 & 28 March - Palmerston North 

Maximum of 16 attendees per course.
No course fees; attendees pay for own travel and accommodation.
All facilitators must complete the courses above to be paid to facilitate under RMPP Action Network.

“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

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