Recruiting the next generation

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

What began as a discussion about attracting new people to the pig industry soon highlighted the need to look at how we can better recruit across all sectors. To explore this further, we are hosting a webinar on Monday 11 March aimed at recruiting the next generation for the agriculture sector.

One area the webinar will focus on is apprenticeships. Given the current low uptake, it seems only right to delve into the world of employing under-18s and to look at how we can encourage part-time weekend help – in particular those from a non-farming background.

It means tackling the minefield of legal obligations and health and safety concerns. However, if that instils confidence in employers to offer youngsters that invaluable on-farm experience, what starts out as pocket money could turn into a regular wage.

If that is to be the case, then consideration is also needed with regard to adopting new working patterns, given many younger employees seek different work/life balances compared to older generations.

One demographic that offers a rich source of talent is ex-service personnel, whose skillsets could be used through partnerships with agricultural businesses.

Let’s not forget existing employees too, where greater reward goes hand-in-hand with better rates of retention.

We will be joined by speakers from Easton College, TIAH, Real SuccessForces Farming and the NFU to discuss all of the above as part of the 90-minute webinar on the evening of Monday 11 March.

The event will be recorded and shared online afterwards for those not able to watch live.

To find out more about this event or to submit a question in advance, get in touch with Andrew Palmer.

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Andrew Palmer

Knowledge Exchange Relationship Manager (East) - Pork

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