Rural Business Career Transition Course

This course is specifically designed for individuals in the military community, who are considering developing a follow-on career in management within the agriculture, food and the wider land-based sector. Resettling personnel, veterans, reservists and military spouses are all eligible and encouraged to apply.

Location: Royal Agricultural University Campus (with an online preparatory element)

Duration: 2 weeks residential


With the express purpose of filling a career resettlement gap, this course was created to build upon the hugely valuable career experience and qualifications of service-leavers and prepare professionals for leadership positions in rural business.

The course is led by leading agri-business academics and includes contributions from an impressive array of industry leaders. At its heart is a progressive programme of study-visits to sector-leading businesses.

Recent research has shown that it is difficult for veterans to access information and courses on rural business including: agri-business, agri-tech, food and farming, food logistics, food security and marketing.

This course is one of a series intended to address this issue in the resettlement system.

The RAU is proud to introduce this unique transition course in partnership with RuRALink – a veteran-owned organisation created to provide consultancy services, career transition support and networking opportunities to ex-military personnel who aspire to work in the rural business sector.

The course will feature:

  • Pre-course preparation including one-to-one career coaching session
  • 2 weeks residential
  • Visits to rural businesses
  • Small study-groups within a course of a maximum of 20 delegates
  • Post-course one-to-one career coaching session


No former business or agricultural/food experience is required. Prior experience leading small teams, writing reports and presenting oral briefs will be useful.

There are no specific academic requirements for personnel who have served in a leadership role at any rank. Delegates will be asked to complete written team exercises and to present back at an employer forum so if you think you might be challenged by this, email to request a call back.

This course is suitable for anyone who has served in HM Forces. We are also keen that spouses apply.

Course cost

  • The 2022 course fee is £2,400 including VAT (excluding accommodation)
  • Accommodation and full board is available on campus at a cost of £1,200 including VAT (to be paid in full prior to arrival, subsistence element will be itemised on the invoice).

The course is accredited by ELCAS Learning provider code: 1718.

Apply now

Please read the Ruralink Course Details sheet carefully before completing the application form.

Application forms are available here and via the RuRALink website.

Electronically completed forms along with a digital head and shoulders photograph of the applicant should be emailed to, cc’ing  Paper or handwritten forms will not be accepted. We recommend applicants keep a copy of the completed form for their records.

If you are unable access the online form or you have a specific query then please call Fiona Galbraith, Director of RuRALink Ltd on 07713 160066 or email

Applications:   NOW OPEN.

Deadline:          31 March, 2022

Course dates:  6 - 17 June 2022

N.B. The weekend mid-course is free from the evening Friday 10 June until Sunday 12 June 2022. We encourage you to stay local however, perhaps taking the weekend as an opportunity for family/friends to join you and to explore some of the many activities and points of interest which surround Cirencester.

Future courses are planned for 2023. Expressions of interest for future editions should be sent to