Agri Academy Junior Programme

Are you aged between 16 and 19 and interested in developing a career in the food, farming or land management industry? If so, applications are being invited for the 2020 Agri Academy Junior Programme, a Farming Connect collaboration with Wales YFC.

Farming Connect has focused significant investment from the Welsh Government and the EU to revitalise rural communities and provide support for agriculture and forestry in Wales.

The fully subsidised Junior Programme offers:

  • An opportunity to network with some of the key players in the food and farming industry.
  • An inspiring activity-packed programme of activities to support your career choices and help you achieve your goals.
  • Training for effective communications, press and media handling, and negotiation skills.
  • Opportunities to gain experience of chairing meetings, voicing your opinions and getting your point across effectively.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

The programme consists of:

Llyn Peninsula, 29-31 July:

Day 1 – Getting to Know You

Working styles, personality types

Day 2 – Have Your Say

Voicing your opinion, chairing meetings, contributing to an effective discussion

Day 3 – Make a Good Impression       

Dealing with the media

Ceredigion 24-26 August:

Day 4 – Get Thinking

Developing an idea, entrepreneurship, running a business

Day 5 – Know Your Industry

Who’s who and what do they do?

Day 6 – Be Who You Want To Be           

Career routes, planning for your future

Switzerland, 24-28 October:

Study visit

Royal Welsh Winter Fair, 30 November:

Final ceremony

Applicants must attend all of the sessionsand must have a valid passport. Applicants must also live and work in Wales and comply with at least one of the following criteria:

  • Business partner or immediate family member of a registered Farming Connect business
  • Employee of a Farming Connect-registered business who can provide evidence of PAYE

If neither of the above apply, students studying agriculture, forestry or a relevant land management subject at further education level will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All candidates must be 16 or older on 31 July 2020 and under 20 on 31 July 2020.

For further information and to download the application form for the Farming Connect Junior Programme 2020, click on the link below:

QMS – CFF AA 006 V5 Application Form Junior Programme.docx [.DOCX, 266.45 KB]

Successful candidates who completed the 2019 Junior Programme included Caryl Haf Davies from Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire:

Caryl Haf Davies

Having completed her GCSEs at Ysgol y Preseli, Caryl plans to attend agriculture college next. She lives on the family farm near Eglwyswrw where her parents farm 600 Welsh mountain ewes and 100 pedigree Limousin cattle. 

Farming has been a huge part of her life since an early age. She enjoys working with animals but is also interested in modern machinery and technology. Caryl spends most of the summer months showing the Limousin cattle in agricultural shows.

A keen member of Eglwyswrw YFC, she enjoys taking part in many competitions including stock judging, public speaking and “young handler” competitions.

A hockey player, she represents both her school and local ladies’ hockey team. She’s also an enthusiastic horsewoman and in the winter months turns out with the Tivyside Hunt.

Caryl says that although she’s very interested in genetics, stock breeding and agronomy, it’s too early to plan her future career path. She is certain she will work within agriculture and wants to make an active contribution to the industry.

“One of my ambitions is to farm full-time, as I hope to develop our herd of pedigree Limousin cattle, and I would like to expand and increase the value of the sheep flock through genetics.”

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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