Finding our next Future Field Experts

Farmlands Co-operative has welcomed its second intake into the Future Field Experts programme.

The purpose of the programme is to help Farmlands staff grow their skills, capabilities, practical experience and knowledge, so they can secure long lasting, strong and trustworthy shareholder relationships. The programme is designed for existing Farmlands employees who aspire to develop a career in the field, or staff who are just starting their careers in the industry.

The 12 month programme helps staff gain a New Zealand certificate in Rural Servicing Level 4, while providing networking opportunities and the chance to attend technical workshops. The programme also helps staff with their personal growth, as well as assisting with the development of a personalised career plan.

The first intake of Future Field Experts graduated from the programme in October after presenting a summary of their year and their completed projects. The presentation took place in front of a panel of technical experts, the Farmlands Leadership Team and senior leaders from within the co-operative. Having put in a significant amount of time and effort over the previous 12 months, the group celebrated with a graduation in the evening.

Also in October, the second cohort of the Future Field Experts Programme kicked off their year with a sheep and beef workshop at the beautiful Flock Hill Station. The participants had an opportunity to spend a few days hearing from speakers from across the industry along with farmers and Farmlands’ own technical experts as well.

The Future Field Experts programme is part of Farmlands’ continued investment in our people, which aims to provide market leading service and solutions for all shareholders.