Do you want to improve the productivity of your horticultural workforce?

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

We are hosting a set of labour efficiency workshops as part of the SmartHort campaign aiming to influence, inspire and improve the performance of your horticultural business. 

With the current challenges that horticulture is facing, these specialised workshops will enable attendees to improve productivity in their workplace through better induction, training, coaching and motivation of seasonal labour.

Experienced trainer, Chris Rose of Chris Rose Associates will lead a full agenda covering the following topics:

  • The role of the team leader
  • Effective communication skills
  • Developing the right induction process
  • Instructional techniques
  • Planning and organising to keep ‘hands in the crop’
  • Training for competence; coaching for excellence
  • Motivation
  • Assertiveness
  • Solutions to team leader challenges

As part of the AHDB SmartHort campaign, we are striving to help the industry increase productivity and address the challenge of access to affordable labour through improving management practices and supporting skills development. These workshops have been designed following industry feedback that the quality of seasonal labour that they have access to is not of the same high quality that has previously been available

Who should attend?

Growers from horticultural businesses who are involved in recruitment, inductions and people management. All workshops will run from 9:00-16:00. Find your nearest event and book now. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 delegates per company due to high demand:

20 February 2019 – Harrogate (Crowne Plaza Harrogate, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 1XX)

21 February 2019 – Lincolnshire (Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6ET)

12 March 2019 – Dundee (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Kingsway West, Dundee, DD2 5JT)

14 March 2019 – Kent (The Orchards Events Venue, Thomas Neame Room, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ)

19 March 2019 – Shropshire (Harper Adams, Harper Adam University, Shrewsbury Road, Newport, TF10 8NB)

20 March 2019 – Taunton (Holiday Inn Taunton, Jct 25 M5, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA)


The meeting is funded by AHDB and open to all horticultural businesses, but registration is required for catering purposes. To optimise the benefit of the course, the maximum number of delegates for the event will be 15, spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.