BPEX: Pig leadership awards
Ten pig unit supervisors received leadership awards at the end of the first BPEX leadership programme for the South.
Their training, on the BPEX/Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Development Programme, has helped them boost pig productivity and staff motivation on their units.
A special top delegate award went to Ken Boyden who works for Fawley Farms. Course leader Alistair Gibb of Cedar Associates said: “Ken’s enthusiasm and application of learning back at work, combined with his anecdotes and sense of humour helped to finalise a difficult decision on who should receive the award. We had to pick from a strong group that had really developed through the modules of this practical management programme.”
BPEX skills development manager Tess Howe added: “Stock management is second nature to these people but dealing with staff can be a lot harder. The aim of the course is to help make these managers more effective in the way in which they deal with their staff to make their job easier and improve business performance.”
Every candidate received a certificate in First Line Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) after eight months’ of management training sessions, written course work and practical application on farm. The presentation was made at The Angel, Hindon, Wiltshire, after their final training session which focused on increasing performance through training and coaching staff.
The ILM course is designed for anyone responsible for leading people or who will take on the responsibility in the near future. All the participants found that learning how to deal with their staff in a more effective manner was very worthwhile and would recommend it to others in similar positions.