A new graduate course for those employed by small to medium enterprise (SME) agri food companies has been launched by Macra na Feirme Agricultural Skillnet. The UCC diploma in management practice (agriculture and agri food) will provide SMEs with a tailored graduate programme designed to enhance the skills of current graduates and help companies retain talent.

Larger organisations may be able to offer their own in-house training programmes, but this is often not a feasible option for the majority of Ireland’s SME sector, due to cost constraints. This is why Macra and UCC have collaborated to offer a new agri-focused programme that delivers core management skills to graduates in the sector.