Junior Programme

Are you aged between 16 and 19 years old and interested in developing a career in the food, farming or land management industry?


Applications are invited for the 2020 Agri Academy Junior Programme, a joint collaboration with Wales YFC.

The fully subsidised Junior Programme will offer you:

  • An opportunity to network with some of the key players in the food and farming industry
  • An inspiring activity-packed programme of activities to support your career choices and help you achieve your goals
  • Training for effective communications, press and media handling, and negotiation skills
  • Opportunities to gain experience of chairing meetings, voicing your opinions and getting your point across effectively

The application window for Agri Academy 2020 is now closed.


Initiation & Introductions

Royal Welsh Show


22 July 2020


Day 1 - Getting to Know You

Working styles, personality types

Day 2 - Have Your Say

Voicing your opinion, chairing meetings, contributing to an effective discussion

Day 3 - Make a Good Impression       

Dealing with the media

Llŷn Peninsula

29 - 31 July 2020


Day 4 - Get Thinking

Developing an idea, entrepreneurship, running a business

Day 5 - Know Your Industry

Who’s who and what do they do?

Day 6 - Be Who You Want To Be           

Career routes, planning for your future


24 - 26 August 2020


Autumn Half Term Study Visit


24 - 28 October 2020


Royal Welsh Winter Fair

30 November 2020

If you would like some more information please contact Gwenno Griffiths on 01970 631 414 or gwenno.griffiths@menterabusnes.co.uk



The successful candidates for our 2019 Junior Programme.


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Aled Thomas

Llangadog, Carmarthenshire

“I believe that innovation, diversification and efficiency are going to be critical, so the role of agricultural consultants will be vital if farm businesses are to succeed, flourish and prosper.


Caryl Haf Davies

Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire

“I’m sure that meeting other ambitious young people from a farming background will help shape my plans, and I’m really looking forward to being part of the Junior Programme which will help develop my skills and knowledge.” 


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Cerys Fairclough

Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys

“Looking to the future, I hope to have a career which enables me to be part of the wider agricultural picture, as I would like to help ensure that there are workable government policies in place to help support famers and enable them to get fair prices for their stock and produce.


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Daniel Evans

Lampeter, Ceredigion

“I am looking forward to gaining as much experience as I can in all aspects of agriculture, hopefully through visits abroad when I’ll be able to compare different ways of operating and also through work experience on other farms."


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Dyfan Parry Jones

Machynlleth, Powys

“My long-term aim is to farm full time with my family and hopefully expand the business, so I’m looking forward to joining the Junior Programme which I’m sure will be a great preparation for putting my plans into practice."


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Glain Lewis

Carno, Powys

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Junior Programme, which I think will be a brilliant opportunity to meet other like-minded young people, keen to make their way in agriculture in Wales."


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Henry John Havard Thomas

Aberaeron, Ceredigion

“I can’t wait to start my Agri Academy experience and think the Junior Programme will be a great stepping stone which helps my personal development and gives me ideas on how to grow the family business in the years to come.”


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Ifan Prys Thomas

Pontrug, Gwynedd

“I hope that my experience as part of the Agri Academy Junior programme will introduce me to other ambitious young farmers, wanting to earn a good livelihood from the agriculture industry."


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Iolo Evans

Tywyn, Gwynedd

“My long term ambition is to eventually return home to take over the family farm but I am sure that being part of the Junior Programme will be a brilliant experience, which will help me decide what I want to do in the meantime!”


Rebecca Elizabeth John

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

“As the future of our industry seems so uncertain at the moment, I want to keep all my options open and I think that being part of this year’s Junior Academy will give me new skills, new confidence and the new networks to help me as I decide on my future direction.”


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Sian Angharad Jerman

Caersws, Powys

“I am unsure as yet which specific area of agriculture I’d like to eventually work in but I am sure that the mentors and other young farmers I meet through being part of the Junior Programme will not only give me new skills and confidence but also help me choose wisely.”


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Wiliam Jenkins

Lledrod, Ceredigion

“I am looking forward to a time when what I’ve learned in college can be put into practice, and I would love to implement techno grazing and grow more crops to reduce production costs. I am sure that being part of the Junior Programme is a fantastic opportunity to develop as an individual, to learn new skills and gain confidence from the individuals shaping the industry today.”