Independent standards setting and auditing organisation BASIS has launched a new Trainee Membership scheme for those in the first stages of developing a career in the crop production and agronomy industry.

The Trainee Membership is aimed at anyone who does not yet qualify for the full Professional Register and candidates who are likely to be undertaking BASIS courses or training in the near future. Trainee Membership will be automatically upgraded to full status on completion of a BASIS-accredited course.

BASIS head of business development Greg Hopkinson says Trainee Membership will support the future of the industry and individuals at the start of their career. Scheme benefits include access to training resources via the BASIS Classroom and BASIS webinars; quarterly updates from Fertiliser Matters and annual seminars that give information on career development; CPD and BASIS qualifications. The 12-month Trainee Membership runs from June 1st to May 31st and costs £65/year.

“Trainee Membership 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,” says Mr Hopkinson.

It will also benefits employers, he continues “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.”

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