BASIS has announced the launch of a new Trainee Membership scheme for those in the first stages of developing a successful career in the crop production and agronomy industry. Charlotte Cunningham reports.

Aimed at those who don’t yet qualify for the full Professional Register and candidates who are likely to be undertaking BASIS courses or training in the near future, the Trainee Membership will be automatically upgraded to ‘full status’ upon completion of a BASIS accredited course.

Commenting at the industry launch, BASIS head of business development, Greg Hopkinson, says this is a way to support the future of the industry and individuals at the start of their career.

“At BASIS we’re passionate about championing the next generation of advisers and managers within the crop production and agronomy industry, and we believe the Trainee Membership scheme opens up access to resources to bolster their professional credentials.”

The new membership offering comes with a host of benefits, says BASIS. These include access to training resources via the BASIS Classroom and BASIS webinars, quarterly updates from Fertiliser Matters and annual seminars providing information on career development, CPD and BASIS qualifications.

“Trainee Members will also be associated with the most well-respected professional register within the crop production industry,” adds Greg. “This offers the opportunity to build relationships with a network of like-minded industry colleagues and raise the profile of members as candidates progress to the next stage of their career.”

The 12-month Trainee Membership runs from 1 Jun to 31 May, with an annual fee of £65/year. After application, members will receive a membership pack, including a Trainee Membership card.

Greg adds the scheme is also of benefit to employers. “By putting individuals undertaking BASIS courses on the Trainee Membership scheme, access to training opens up.

“We hope it also encourages new entrants to the industry to have a progressive attitude towards training and qualifications, and that it’s to the benefit of individual businesses,” he notes.

“Our aim at BASIS is to support people to improve standards and protect the environment for a sustainable yet productive future. We believe the new Trainee Membership scheme will do just that, and we look forward to welcoming the first members in spring 2021,” he says.

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