Challenges, drivers and funding affecting skills in horticulture were just some of the topics discussed by Lantra as they supported the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Green Skills Seminar.
The one day seminar, which brought together a number of organisations from all areas of the horticultural industry including historic and botanic gardens, green spaces production and landscaping, provided a platform to discuss and update people on the latest industry issues, projects, research, funding and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. It also highlighted the ongoing work to promote careers in the industry through the Grow Careers website and the new Growing Awareness website, which was also launched at the event.
Lantra’s National Director for England, Madge Moore, told The Landscaper: “Lantra is pleased to support the Green Skills Seminar and highlight the work we have done with industry to help them meet some of the challenges they face. This work has included the ongoing development of job profiles and the review and development of apprenticeships to ensure they are up-to-date and accurate.”
“We have also been working to create more manageable and flexible units of learning, through the introduction of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The QCF will change the way skills of individuals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are recognised and accredited, with learners being able to pick and mix units of learning that they can build up to nationally recognised qualifications at their own pace. Lantra has been working with many organisations, from the RHS to Edexcel and NPTC, to aid the development of these replacement qualifications and the redevelopment of old qualifications, ready for delivery in September 2010.”
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