A computer screen is not an image that traditionally reflects the horticulture industry, but as employers and trade associations have a growing need to upskill their sectors, the use of e-learning as a training method has snowballed.
Better skilled workforce
Landex chief executive Chris Moody says it is a "major project" that will involve converting 600 learning packs to online tools including video and games, as well as pictures and text, in its first phase alone.
"It is being done for the benefit of the sector," says Moody. "E-learning is about upskilling the workforce. If you think about the potential benefit to learners and increase in participation, then it is a relatively small investment to make."
She explains that while some training is still delivered face-to-face, particularly management skills, e-learning has been a success in giving all staff a grounding in the basics, and saved time and money overall.
Meanwhile, GCG’s 60 current apprentices are also on board, using a combination of sessions at Pershore College and e-learning modules to train. "It will just grow and grow," adds Hawkins.