Please note: This is a multi-stage project. We are currently undertaking Stage 1 of the project which is the mentor training. Following this stage we will be recruiting mentees, at which point you will be matched with a suitable business to support.

About the project

Have you thought about how you can use your own experience and expertise in the farming industry to help other business owners in your sector?

The Future of Farming Review (2013) highlighted the importance of business and management skills and the role mentoring takes in developing theses skills along with the potential for a matching service to help bring together new entrants with existing farmers.

Get Mentoring in Farming is a UK-wide initiative to recruit and train 300 volunteer business mentors from the Farming Sector and to match them with small farming related businesses who are looking for mentoring support.

Be part of a growing team of volunteers from the farming sector who are coming forward to mentor other small business owners through the Get Mentoring in Farming initiative. Free training is available to help you develop the skills required to be an effective enterprise mentor and you will then be matched to a business needing your help. Training will be made available through locally run workshops and/or online and you will be provided with additional tools and resources to help you in your role as an enterprise mentor.

Do you have the knowledge and experience to help a farming business in one or more of the following business areas:

  • Improving their core business?
  • Business growth?
  • Diversifying their business?
  • Making their business more resilient?
  • Reducing costs and improving performance?
  • Using technology to improve the way they do things?
  • Supporting new entrants into the farming industry?
  • Succession planning?

Don’t miss out. If you think you have the necessary skills and experience to become a mentor in the farming sector, and are happy to volunteer an hour of your time every month for the next 12 months, you can sign up today and start making a difference.

Step 1: Register

First of all, we’ll need a few details from you to create your mentor profile. This will help us understand your skills and abilities prior to undertaking your training and will also allow us to match you with a suitable business to mentor.

Step 2: Complete Your Free Mentor Training

Access your free mentor training by either attending a workshop or accessing our online learning content. Once finished you’ll have demonstrated that you understand the skills required to be an effective mentor.

Step 3: Get Matched

Our mentor matching system will match you to a suitable mentee based on your profile information. At this stage our Mentor Manager will get in touch to make sure you’re happy to proceed with your assigned mentee.

Step 4: Get Mentoring

If you’re happy to proceed you can either exchange contact information or communicate through our online messaging system and start working with your mentee. You can also access resources here to help you in your mentoring relationship.

Please note that this project has now ended and is no longer accepting registrations.