The inquiry aims to explore the relationship between education and land-based industries, and the effectiveness of current primary, secondary, further and higher education in embedding awareness and equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary.
It will look at routes into the sector such as T Levels and apprenticeships and examine their effectiveness as entry points into land-based jobs.
MPs will delve into existing and potential initiatives aimed at promoting the career opportunities in land-based sectors and will consider any examples of best practice that are currently in place.
The committee will question what more can be done to help land-based industries bring in new employees, particularly those from non-rural backgrounds and those who are considering a career change.
The accessibility and availability on land-based education courses will also be considered, as well as how equipped institutions are to teach them.
“We are delighted to see the EFRA Committee taking a keen interest in this area. The land based sector offers many exciting and rewarding career opportunities both for new entrants as well as those looking to retrain.”
NFU President Minette Batters
The NFU worked closely with the committee ahead of the inquiry’s launch to help shape its terms of reference.