SAOS Launches Search for GTL Applicants for 2024 - Empowering Scotland's Rural and Agricultural Industry for a Resilient Future

Applications are now open for SAOS' Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders programme 2024/25.

Industry news
Published: 25/03/2024

As recent celebrations marked the successful graduation of the latest participants of the SAOS (the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society) Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders programme, the doors open for applications for 2024/25 from the next batch of driven self-starters keen to learn how best to embrace change and uncertainty and lead with confidence.

Now entering its third year, the programme equips ambitious individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds including large rural organisations, farmer-owned co-operatives, SME’s and the self-employed, with the essential tools to navigate and ever-evolving industry.

"We want to improve resilience, efficiency and productivity, so we’re searching for leaders who are not only willing to adapt but are eager to drive positive change within their organisations and communities," emphasises Tim Bailey, Chief Executive of SAOS.

"At SAOS, we recognise the vital role that collaboration plays in fostering innovation and resilience within Scotland's rural and agricultural sectors. Our programme stands out as it is not only developed for the sector but by the sector itself, ensuring its relevance and effectiveness in addressing the real challenges faced by our industry,” adds Tim.

Developed in response to the pressing need for resilient leadership within Scotland’s rural and agricultural landscape, the programme nurtures flexible mindsets, establishes mutually supportive networks, and fosters innovative thinking among participants.

The importance of effective leadership in navigating challenges is emphasised by Stephen Hibbard of the Leadership Factory, who facilitates the programme: "Leadership is critical in setting direction, organising delivery, and creating ahealthy working culture in any organisation. "Great leadership is a mindset that can be cultivated at any stage of your career" highlights Stephen.

Participants of the programme attest to its impact. One graduate, Niall Evans, Industry Partnership Manager at Lantra shares, "Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders is an excellent programme that will enhance understanding and development of leadership skills, whether seeking promotion, personal or business development, or further developing and complimenting existing skills. GTL has reminded me of the learning and skills I developed in my career in the College sector and helped me to build on these, bringing them up to date in the context of my current role.”

The programme’s success is made possible through collaborative efforts, with SAOS partnering with key industry figures, sponsors NFU Mutual and NFU Scotland, and expert delivery partners Tack TMI Leadership Factory. Together, they are committed to equipping today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges.

Those interested in applying for the 2024/25 programme can visit the SAOS website to learn more and apply now

The Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders intake is deliberately limited to small numbers each year so early applications are recommended. Applications close in early May.

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