Improving agri-food co-operatives’ capacity by speeding up the development and uptake of future skills based on digital innovations

#LeadFarm 5.0 is a training project that aims to improve the adaptive capacity of agri-food co-operatives to the great challenges arising from the climate change and digital transformation, by developing a new training strategy, based on methodological and digital innovations, that addresses the improvement of the competences and skills of farmers (especially young people and women) and the knowledge necessary to keep them up-to-date with the technological developments expected towards Society 5.0.

#LeadFarm 5.0 will work as a network for the development and experimentation of a competence framework and training curricula, which will help to obtain the key future skills, knowledge and competencies in:

  • ICT and Robotic Technologies;
  • Environment;
  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence

that will give us an overall picture of the success factors of resilience linked to Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change applicable to the agri-food sector in the EU and for intelligent advice on new sustainable opportunities emerging in rural areas.

This training curriculum will be used as a tool that will serve to transfer knowledge and promote scientific dissemination to reach smaller cooperatives and agri-food farms, youth and women farmers, sharing knowledge with them through a new educational, universal, and accessible mentoring mechanism.

The project partnership is formed by eight organisations coming from seven different European Union Member States. These include: Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

Project will run from February 2022 – August 2024.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission, ERASMUS+ 2021-2027 Programme.

Key Action 2 – Strategic partnerships supporting innovation in the training field

Project No: 2021-1-IE01-KA220-VET-000034835

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“ICOS skillnet has been crucial in supporting the development and delivery of our learning and development within the business.”

“Their support in the development of courses has been hugely beneficial with access to industry working groups to help shape the training to best meet our business needs. It is also through the ICOS network that we have been able to access the best trainers available to deliver the training and add real value to our learning and development programmes year on year. Our staff, and the overall business in general, have benefited greatly from ICOS and this is a major factor into our continued support of this network”
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Stephen Hickey - HR Business Partner

Glanbia Agribusiness

“Bandon Co-op are strong advocates of continuous training and without question improved knowledge is an essential component in the skillset of our staff who in turn contribute to the success of our organisation.”

“We have been associated with ICOS/Skillnet for a number of years now and the best thing about this partnership is they provide educational course content that is relevant to our specific industry. Recently ICOS/Skillnets developed their own Management Development Programme and was rolled out earlier this year. The key aim of this programme is to improve the capabilities of middle management and those wishing to enter management. Feedbackfrom our participants on the programme to date has been very positive due to the highly interactive learning environment”
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Michael O’Driscoll - Purchasing Manager

Bandon Co-op

“Dairygold Co-Operative Society have engaged with and have been supported by ICOS Skillnet on our Learning and Development agenda over many years.”

“From a business perspective we have partnered with the ICOS skillnet network in sourcing and supporting training initiatives across all levels of our organisation. The return on investment and the knowledge transfer have been to the forefront on evaluating all training initiatives. ICOS Skillnet have continually delivered to ensure our training interventions meet the learning objectives through their wide range of training providers. The network and its training providers have a deep understanding of not only the industry but of each member company. I, as HR Manager, look forward to continuing our engagement and involvement with ICOS Skillnet.”
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Philip Ducie - Human Resources Manager

Dairygold Co-Operative Society