The programme offers an exclusive insight into the supply chain, industry organisations and influencing policy. With a focus on innovation and competitiveness, up to 12 successful applicants will get the opportunity to speak directly to major dairy processors, manufacturers and retailers. At the heart of the programme is business networking and members of the group will meet with senior staff at the NFU, AHDB, NML, Red Tractor and Dairy UK. There will be the opportunity to speak to MPs and Defra during a visit to Westminster, where successful applicants will learn more about our core lobbying and political activity.
The group will also be given media and presentation skills training, with advice to handle tough questions from journalists and to represent their sector in a positive and professional way.
The previous NFU Dairy Development Group was run in 2010 and led to the 2014-16 National Dairy Board Chairman and 2016-18 Vice Chairman, as well as board appointees and other members going on to be influential in many dairy groups around the UK.
When is the deadline for applications?
Applications have now closed.
Is there an age limit?
The scheme is aimed at the next generation and participants are usually aged between 20 and 35 years old, but there is flexibility depending on individual circumstances.
What is the time commitment?
Events will run from November 2016 to April 2017. The first event will be on 22nd November at NFU HQ, with an overnight stay and launch dinner the evening before. Successful participants will be expected to attend every event; please be aware some require an overnight stay.
Programme of events:
*subject to change
Monday 21st November: Programme launch and introductory dinner (overnight stay);
Tuesday 22nd November: Introduction to the NFU and other industry organisations;
Wednesday 7th December: Visit to NML with a focus on cow health;
Tuesday 17th January: Media and presentation skills training (overnight stay);
Wednesday 18th January: Visit and tour of a processor and introduction to a retailer;
February (date tbc): Introduction to a manufacturer;
March (date tbc): Westminster visit with introduction to lobbying and parliamentary affairs;
April (date tbc): Closing seminar and dinner.
Interested parties should contact NFU dairy adviser and programme co-ordinator, Sophie James c29waGllLmphbWVzQG5mdS5vcmcudWs=.