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Next Generation: future innovators and leaders of the potato industry  

26 June 2018

The aim of the Next Generation programme is to develop the future leaders of our industry and give them exposure to the wider supply chain. 

​The 2018 Next Generation Programme is currently underway. We will be looking for our next lot of aspiring industry leaders soon - keep an eye on this page for further details.

Latest news:

January 2018: Stars of stage and screen

May 2018: Future potato leaders begin AHDB programme

June 2018: The ‘Next Generation’ visit McCain for field to fork experience

The latest news from the 2018 programme will appear here

Resourcing the future  

AHDB Potatoes’ latest industry survey identified that more than 60 per cent of farming companies and over 75 per cent of supply chain businesses find it difficult to secure employees of the right calibre, with the majority believing they’ll have a resource gap over the next five years.

Recruitment, training and up skilling are necessary solutions to the knowledge gap. AHDB has led on the development of a new skill strategy for the sector, which has been championed by the cross-industry AgriSkills Forum. It is our response to recommendations, made in the Agri-Tech Strategy, the Future of Farming Review and by the Farming Regulation Taskforce, for AHDB to lead a more coordinated approach to skills development and the attainment of greater industry professionalism.

Next Generation alumni

  • 2015/16 programme: Fifteen high fliers completed a robust selection process for the 2015/16 programme, competing with applicants across all regions and market sectors. The group undertook nine comprehensive business and technical days that provided exposure to the whole supply chain.
  • 2016/17 programme: The successful programme commenced its second year in May 2016 at AHDB HQ, Warwickshire with 13 fresh, up-and-coming industry innovators who came through a highly competitive video application process to be awarded a place on the programme. 

Interested future applicants

Any parties interested in the Next Generation Programme should contact: