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Next Generation Programme

26 June 2018

Potato passion – the future innovators and leaders of the potato industry  

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.

The programme includes business and technical sessions, as well as supply chain visits. 

  • 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. 

Latest news:

Unveiling the opportunities in the potato supply chain  

With UK unemployment  at 343,000 among 16-24 year olds in 2017 , the potato industry bucks the trend and provides access to numerous career paths. AHDB Potatoes invites new talent to explore the opportunities.  

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.

Interested future applicants

Any parties interested in the Next Generation Programme should contact: