National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

What does YFC mean to you? Gaining impressive skills 

By Rose Smyth, 20, Hope Valley YFC

My first role in YFC was as tea monitor! It sounds silly, but it’s a lovely way to get you involved and give you a bit of responsibility.

I was only 10, but it was a role of my own – making sure that the drinks were prepared for the meeting.

Since then, I’ve been programme secretary – planning what we are going to do in meetings – and social secretary, in charge of organising events. And I’ve also been secretary for North West Derbyshire.

You learn something new with every role you take on.

Being programme secretary was good because I had to be really organised in getting a lot of information out – everyone needs to know where they need to be and when, and what the meeting was going to be about the following week.

I created a programme so that we knew what we were doing at least a couple of months in advance.

It also involved getting in touch with speakers and writing thank you letters and arranging trips. I had never been in a situation where I had to contact these people, and that really helps when it comes to working in the real world.

I work at two livestock markets, Holmfirth Market and Bakewell Market, in the office doing admin. I really enjoy it.

YFC gives you the skills and confidence to apply for these jobs, perform well in the interview and then in the job itself.

Competitions like Public Speaking give you confidence in interviews. Something I have learned through YFC is that interviews aren’t as scary as they seem. There are so many opportunities in YFC where you have to get up and speak in front of people you don’t know – an amazing way to boost your confidence.

And, of course, YFC gives you plenty to talk about in the interview. Flower arranging, tug of war, cookery, handicrafts, teambuilding – it’s such a varied competitions programme so you’re always learning new skills.

And I’ve had the opportunity to get qualifications in spraying, ATV driving and using trailers at a fraction of what it would cost if you did it on your own.

It’s a competitive jobs market for young people and employers are looking for candidates that stand out from the crowd.

YFC has helped me to become the person I am and given me impressive skills for my CV.  I have come a long way since serving tea to my YFC friends!


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