Next course: 5-15 May 2020


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

We are very excited to be developing this course in partnership with a leading education provider. More details very soon.

The course will feature:

- 2 week on-line preparation period

- 2 week residential (with optional 1 week extension)

- several visits to rural businesses

- small study-groups in a course of 20 maximum

No former business or agricultural/food experience is required

Sign up now to be amongst the first to be invited to enrol (no commitment at this stage). 

The first course is planned for May 2020 with subsequent editions in October 2020 and April 2021.


When will the first course be held?

5-15 May 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.

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.

Can I pay for this with ELCs?

Yes, the course will be eligible for a single ELC payment.

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.

Can I go on to further study?

Yes, our provider partner 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.

Who is accrediting this course?

We are not able to release this information yet but it is a well-known university which was graded in the top 10 UK universities in 2019.

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?

We are just finalising the details of the application process and will publish full details as soon as we have them. If you would like to secure your place now, email and we will add you to the growing list of interested potential delegates.

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.


Ruralink Course Programme

Dates are for courses and events which are  either confirmed or at an advanced stage of planning. Once confirmed, a link to the booking page will be added both here and in the course description elsewhere on this page. 

To reserve a place now on course which has yet to be confirmed, at no obligation, just email and ask to be added to the "Interested List.

No upcoming events.