The LeadFarm project is developing a flexible training system to support young farmers in developing their Farm Business Skills and to promote co-operative culture and values to provide a better understanding of the co-operative to the young farmers, thus increasing their level of involvement and commitment in co-operatives.

The project also aims to promote gender balance in co-operative’s board of directors and other co- operative bodies.

In addition, the project will review the communications and engagement structures with young farmers to establish the best way to engage with young farmers going forward.

The project started in October 2017 and will last for a total of 24 months. The consortium is made up of five (5) partners from different EU countries. These include, Ireland, France, Latvia, Spain and Sweden.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission, ERASMUS+ 2014-2020 Programme.

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

Project No: 2017-1-IE01-KA202-025711

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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