Next course: 19-30 October 2020

Next course: 19-30 October 2020

Next course: 19-30 October 2020



In the current circumstances the health and well-being of all future delegates and staff is paramount. No-one can predict how the COVID-19 situation will develop, but please be assured that we are continually monitoring it. As a consequence, we have taken the decision to cancel the course that was due to start on 4 May 2020. Please be aware that any future course dates we publish at the moment are subject to change as things inevitably progress. In the spirit of optimism and positivity please keep checking this page for further information on the upcoming webinars we will be running and future course updates.

We are also hoping to offer an alternative (shorter) taster course. Details will be published here as soon as they are available. 

The first presentation of this course is now scheduled for October:

A unique gateway course designed specifically for those transitioning into agriculture, food and the wider land-based sector.

The course will feature:

- 2 week on-line preparation period

- 2 week residential

- several study visits to rural businesses

- small study-groups in a course of 20 maximum

No former business or agricultural/food experience is required.

The first course will run in October 2020 with subsequent editions in April and October 2021.


Next course: 19-30 October 2020

Next course: 19-30 October 2020

Who can attend?

Any former or serving member of the armed forces or spouse who is interested in developing a follow-on career in management within the land-based sector.

What is the entry standard?

We do not expect to require any specific academic standards for personnel who have served in a leadership role at any rank.  However delegates will be asked to complete written team exercises and to present back at an employer forum. Prior experience leading small teams, writing reports and presenting oral briefs will be useful. Email with any specific query.

Who is accrediting this course?

The ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY which was graded in the top 10 UK universities in 2019.

Is this just for army officers?

No!  This course is suitable for anyone who has served in HM Forces. We are also keen that spouses apply.

What is the course fee?

Just £2400 for the whole 2 weeks plus  access  to learning resources in advance.

Can I pay for this with ELCs?

Yes, the course is eligible for a single ELC payment. This means you will pay £400 and claim £2000. The course is listed on ELCAS website under RAU Provider number 1718 as "Rural Business Career Gateway". 

Is there accommodation?

Yes, the course will be fully residential with three meals available daily. The subsistence element will be charged separately to enable reimbursement via JPA. This is in addition to the course fee. The university accommodation is single ensuite rooms; you can find out more here: Unless you live very locally, you are recommended to accept this accommodation in order to facilitate course cohesion and ready access to the library and evening events.

Can I go on to further study?

Yes, the RAU is working to ensure that this course will earn credit points towards further online and residential study you may wish to access as your new career progresses.

Why haven't I heard about this before?

Recent research has confirmed that veterans find it very difficult to access information and suitable courses about land-based careers and education. It's simply a blind spot in the resettlement system. This course is new and is one of several that will plug the gap.

How do I book?

Apply by downloading and completing the Application form below. Send it to Your place will be confirmed once the minimum viable course numbers have been achieved, at which point you will be asked to confirm payment details.

In Development

The following courses are in development. If you are interested in being kept informed, sign up to receive the Director's BLOG or email

Agri-Engineering. This will be suitable for VMs and workshop managers from across the services who wish to transfer their skills to work with farming and industrial fleets.

Food Defence Awareness. This course will be for those wishing to develop their pre-existing security knowledge and apply it in the food chain.

Food Defence Investigator. Aimed at those with service investigations or intelligence experience, this course will enable you to apply those skills in the food industry.

Small-holdings. For those wishing to farm a few acres or hobby-farm.