Skills and careers – help needed to cultivate new platform

23 June 2022

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TIAH (The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture) is looking for volunteers in England to take part in a pilot of their new online platform for skills and careers.

TIAH (The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture) is developing an online platform that will bring together existing and new training opportunities from across the industry.

Shape industry skills

By signing up to take part in the pilot scheme, individuals will have the unique opportunity to shape the future of agricultural and horticultural skills and careers services, while helping to safeguard the future of the industry.

David Fursdon, chair of TIAH, explains that the professional body aims to support people and businesses to fulfil their potential and help the industry thrive.

“Agriculture and horticulture are undergoing huge changes. As farmers and growers aim to ensure their businesses are profitable and environmentally sustainable, it’s essential that the industry has a workforce that is fit for the future,” he said.

Navigate the changing landscape

“Continued professional development (CPD) will therefore be key if individuals and businesses are to enhance their existing skills, and in many cases, acquire new ones, to help them successfully navigate the changing landscape,” he went on to say. “However, the industry’s current fragmented approach to skills and training needs to change.”

Making career development more accessible to all

TIAH’s digital platform aims to create a central hub of information making skills and career development more accessible to all.

It will signpost users to relevant training courses and provide information to help understand what skills are needed for progression, and where they can be acquired. The platform will also provide independent records that collate personal achievements to demonstrate compliance.

Test, review and feed back

Those taking part in the pilot – ‘TIAH Cultivators’ – will be asked to give a small-time commitment, approximately 20 minutes every two weeks, to test, review and feed back on various elements of the platform. In return, participants will be entered into a monthly prize draw.

You can find out more about the pilot scheme and sign up at TIAH Cultivators.

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