Farm owners and managers have been urged to help shape a new education programme, which will aim to develop homegrown talent for the agricultural industry.
The new Agricultural, Land Management and Production T Level training course is currently under review and AHDB, which works alongside industry employers, has encouraged farm businesses to help develop the content, alongside education professionals and Government.
Businesses across the country have until July 13 to comment on the outline content which, once finalised, will be rolled out to sixth forms and colleges from 2023.
Amie Burke, AHDB skills manager said: “It is vitally important that businesses take part in this consultation to help ensure the content captures the right knowledge, skills and performance outcomes to enable students to enter the right field of employment.”
T Levels are the new two-year technical study programmes which will be available across 11 industry routes, and make up one of three major options available to 16 to 19 year olds.
The new agriculture T Level courses cover topics such as crop production, habitat management, land-based engineering and livestock production.
Pointing to the importance of gaining industry insight, NFU vice president Tom Bradshaw said: “To make sure we have access to training fit for purpose, industry will need to feed into the creation and delivery of T Levels.”
Developed by a panel of experts, incorporating the views of businesses will help to provide a ‘joined-up approach’ to ensure the right content is delivered.
Mr Bradshaw added: “The consultation is a great opportunity for members who are employers to share and advise on the skills and knowledge that is needed from our future farmer and grower workforce.
“The need to attract more people into the industry is being widely embraced and the new T Level qualifications are part of making this happen.”
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