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Recruiting and Retaining High-Calibre Young People into the Farming Workforce of the Future. Tim Jackson, Principal, Sparsholt College. Agriculture/Food; Attractive Features. Beautiful rural landscape context Varied and seasonal pattern to working life
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Recruiting and Retaining High-Calibre Young People into the Farming Workforce of the Future
Tim Jackson, Principal, Sparsholt College
Beautiful rural landscape context
Varied and seasonal pattern to working life
Exciting technical dimensions to business
Significant investment in machinery and equipment
Long-term employment prospects – ‘food will never go out of fashion’
Low pay; ‘perception more than reality’
Poor working conditions
Lack of intellectual demand (oh arr)
Lack of structured career development within the employment
Reluctance of employers to co-invest in employee training
Sparsholt College + NFU
NFU personal invitations to some leading Businesses
Endorsed ‘negative perceptions’
Considered Apprenticeship Academy as one potential response
A formal working partnership of leading agri-food businesses with Sparsholt College designed to attract, recruit and retain a cohort of high calibre young new entrants to a highly skilled and appropriately remunerated workforce for the Agri-Food Sector in Central Southern England.
ATA = Government-backed employing entity
ATA employs and recharges costs +15%
Apprentices join Academy cohort & could be moved between positions
Businesses ‘take-a-stake’ in this group of new entrants
Pay starts low – but possibilities = enticing…
Recruit from 15-year-olds
Focus on high-calibre performers
Promote good long-term sustainable careers with Level III Apprenticeship & part-time routes to HND/HNC/Foundation Degree
Up to 2 years F/T at College (++)
Up to 20 months on Level III Apprenticeship
Vital to success
Promote the profile of the Academy to encourage forward-looking employers to join
To oversee the content and quality of the offer of the Academy
To communicate with the Agric Skills Forum established by Richard Longthorp, in seeking to influence policy towards Apprenticeships.
Richard Longthorp OBE on his farm