This month sees the 60th trainee join the Hutchinsons Foundation Agronomy Training Programme, which has attracted graduates for a range of science-based degree courses.
The comprehensive three year programme covers all the skills needed to become a successful agronomist. As well as the core BASIS and FACTS training, it includes days out alongside agronomists and training in technical knowledge, business skills, marketing, IT and interpersonal skills management – all the attributes a successful agronomist needs to be able to work in a team and develop long term relationships with farmer clients.
“The Foundation is something we are understandably proud of,” says Hutchinsons chairman David Hutchinson. “It’s very exciting to see the calibre of entrants that we are attracting from a wide spectrum of backgrounds into agronomy. Irrespective of their education, all of our entrants have a passion for excellence that we can translate into the skills required to be a successful agronomist. This is something that we have been doing for the 75 years that Hutchinsons has been in business, and the Foundation is a formalised development of this.
“We recognise that times are challenging for UK farmers, but that in no way detracts from our commitment to the training and development of future agronomists. We believe, as an independent family business, that we are well placed to see this investment through to provide the industry with agronomists who have the strongest understanding of all aspects of farming, coupled with un-parallel agronomy skills,” Mr Hutchinson adds.