Educating, training and securing future horticulture workforce on Parliamentary agenda

The All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) inquiry into the future of the garden and horticulture industry will meet for a third and final time on 11 July at the Houses of Parliament.

Earlier in 2018, the APPGHG launched an inquiry into the big issues facing the garden and horticulture industry and what is needed from Government to secure the sector’s future post-Brexit. The Group is holding its third and final evidence session to question high-level industry experts on the issues of educating, training and securing a future workforce.

The garden and horticulture industry provides excellent opportunities for young people to gain highly technical skills and embark on successful careers. The sector offers a number of highly-skilled pathways, including garden design and landscape architecture, grounds and estate management, production horticulture, arboriculture and soil science. However, the sector is often perceived to be a career route for low achievers and is working to challenge perceptions and attract a new generation of talent.

There is also a risk that Brexit will exacerbate the skills gap and the industry is already experiencing a marked drop in the availability of seasonal workers.

The session will explore how the garden and horticulture industry can better promote career pathways and what Government action is required to educate, train and secure the sector’s future workforce post-Brexit.

The report that collects the evidence from the session will launch on 29 October at the APPGHG annual reception.

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