New National Land Based College is "golden opportunity for industry" says CEO Leigh Morris

The National Land Based College (NLBC) has launched a new website to better link its 30 land-based education provider members to industry and its audience of students and potential students.

(l-r) NLBC staff: Leigh Morris, Luke Harmer and Sarah Purdell and Liz Burkinshaw Innovation Centre manager Image: NLBC
(l-r) NLBC staff: Leigh Morris, Luke Harmer and Sarah Purdell and Liz Burkinshaw Innovation Centre manager Image: NLBC

The website sets out the virtual college’s strategy - to promote the land-based sector as a place to find a professional and progressive career, to increase industry engagement in the skills agenda, to develop qualifications to deliver the skills employers need and maximise digital and flexible learning opportunities.

NLBC has four staff headed by chief executive Leigh Morris based at the Rural Innovation Centre at Stoneleigh Park.

Morris said: "Stoneleigh Park is the heart of the land based sector with leading organisations including the NFU, AHDB, BALI and Lantra on site and so it was central to our plan to run our operations from here.

"The NLBC is very much employer-led and will work collaboratively through a hub and spoke model, linking industry with specialist land based colleges and universities and providing a focal point for skills development.

"The website has been developed as a go-to place for land based skills, from career guidance and information on apprenticeships and qualifications to online teaching."

Morris said the NLBC had the potential and ambition to be game changing for skills development within the land based sector.

"It is a golden opportunity for industry to have a massive steer on how training and skills are developed and by doing that, we can make a huge difference."

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