Southern Growers club expects "liveliest discussion"

A meeting on 3 March will cover recruitment and retaining young people in horticulture, with Brexit, apprenticeships and agency staff sure to be discussed.

Southern Growers Club secretary David Hide says the  "important meeting" will be discussing the topic of ‘how to recruit and retain young people in production horticulture’.

The meeting in the Cathedral Room at  Chichester College, Westgate Fields, PO19 1SB is on 3 March at 7.30pm.

Hide said: "Please make every effort to come along and take part in what I am sure will be one of the liveliest discussion we have held for some time."

Brinsbury campus director Steve Millam will lead a Round Table discussion on the issue.

To facilitate Martin Emmett (Ornamentals Roundtable working group chair) will speak on national initiatives relating to skills and recruitment, Millam will speak on changes to apprenticeships – opportunities for the industry, Sarah Cathcart (RHS head of education and learning) will discuss encouraging the next generation and give an update on Grow Careers and Graham Bryant (Growtrain, chair WSGA, secretary IPPS Europe).

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