Lantra unveils degree framework

Production horticulture degree launched

Lantra has launched the foundation degree framework covering production horticulture. It is intended to assist the design and delivery of foundation degrees in the environmental and land-based sector. Flexibility and consistency of delivery are the watchwords the designers of the framework concentrated on. Lantra and employers want foundation degrees to link in with industry needs. This will give the chance for existing employees and new entrants to gain a higher level qualification without losing sight of the practical skills required. Higher education institutions from throughout the UK attended the launch. The College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise — Greenmount Campus, Northern Ireland, is developing programmes for the land-based sector including horticulture. Senior horticulture lecturer Claire Woods said: “We’re embracing foundation degrees because they will give us the opportunity to write and develop units that meet the needs of the industry. We’ve had very successful consultations with the industry to look at the practical, technical, intellectual and transferable skills that they wanted and we have been able to build them into our programmes. “Practical and technical skills along with extended work experience are vital parts of student learning.” Horticulture is incorporated in the new land management and production framework, which also covers agriculture, aquaculture, fencing, floristry, land-based engineering and trees and timber. The framework is one of three developed for the environmental and land-based sector. L Visit www.lantra.co.uk/ foundationdegrees.asp

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