Training for women in agriculture

Women's land army memorial at sunset
Lisa Paton

Applications are now open for the Be Your Best Self personal development programme for women in agriculture. 

  • Are you a woman living or working in Scottish agriculture?

  • Do you feel like you need to re-focus on your life goals?

  • Do you want to build your confidence and discover the true value of your skills and strengths?

  • Are you looking for new opportunities and possibilities?

  • Would you like to connect with other women in Scottish agriculture?

Following the success of the pilot and the positive feedback from the women who took part, the Scottish Government is funding another series of Be Your Best Self courses, to take place over the next two years. Delivery of these courses will begin in October 2021, January 2022 and at regular intervals after that. Training will be delivered both online and in-person when face to face training can safely resume.

Course attendees have said that Be Your Best Self: ‘is life-affirming’; ‘ has given me a renewed sense of vigour and hope for the future’; ‘is a completely new way forwards, finding yourself and coming home’.

Be Your Best Self 2021-2023 will be delivered by The People Portfolio, who said:

“We’re delighted to be delivering the Be Your Best Self personal development programme for Women in Agriculture, building on the success of last year’s pilot programme. Working with our partners Leeway, Mind & Mission and Scene & Herd PR, we combine expert personal development facilitation, mental fitness support and in-depth knowledge of Scottish agriculture to create an impactful and supportive experience. We are very much looking forward to supporting the Scottish Government with their aim to increase opportunities for women in agriculture.”

The pilot was oversubscribed so if you have already applied for this training and are on the waiting list, you will be contacted and offered a place shortly. And if not, and you're keen, apply now for one of the Be Your Best Self courses

If you have any queries please contact us by e-mailing

Following on from Be Your Best Self, there will also be courses in business skills and in leadership development for women in agriculture. These have been delayed due to COVID-19, but are now in development.