E-learning modules launched to accredit producer skills

A 15-month project to deliver training modules for ornamental plant producers will start this month.

Organised by the HTA and the Horticultural Development Company (HDC), this next phase of the knowledge transfer partnership will focus on delivering the x8 level 2 modules - equivalent to GCSE.

The training modules have been designed to be delivered online, which will keep costs to a minimum and cut time spent away from the nursery.

E-learning will be combined with practical nursery exercises. Modules are intended to provide employees with the technical knowledge to support their job role and an understanding of the commercial context.

Training modules will be nationally accredited, giving staff a recognition of their achievement while providing businesses with the opportunity to promote the professionalism of their staff.

Topics covered are introduction to nursery operations; crop observation and identification skills; crop irrigation; introduction to plant growth and development; taking delivery and care of plants; plant propagation; working within a team; and materials handling.

HDC business development manager Steve Tones said: "The e-learning approach will give busy people flexible access to accredited training developed from best practice guidelines. If ornamental growers find it useful, I hope it will become a model for other sectors."

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