Adapting for a dynamic future
A three-year project has already helped hundreds of Cornish
farmers and farm workers to learn new skills and take part
in specialist training.
The Skills For Dynamic Agriculture Project was launched in
October 2000 as a way of helping those working within the
agricultural industry to adapt and improve the way they work.
Through a range of Modern Apprenticeship courses, bespoke
training and events to promote the use of IT, the Objective
One project was designed to provide individuals with improved
technical, management and business skills so that Cornwall's
agricultural industry could adapt to meet the challenges of
The £1.8 million project still has another four months
to run but has already proved extremely successful and helped
members of the industry from across Cornwall to upgrade and
expand their skills.
Skills For Dynamic Agriculture has been run by the Learning
and Skills Council Devon & Cornwall with training being
delivered by Duchy College.
As at the end of March, the project had provided more than
350 people with NVQ level training through the Modern Apprenticeships
scheme and provided nearly 200 places on bespoke training
courses ranging from dairy management to business management
Project leader Cathie Helgesen, who is based in Truro, said: "This project is all about adaptation adapting
the skills of the agricultural workforce so that the industry
can continue to diversify successfully, improve technically
and raise the quality of both the way that it works and its
Chris Shepherd, Operations Manager at Duchy College said:
"A key feature of the project has also been the ability
to be flexible with training activities tailored to meet the
needs of the individual."
The £1.8 million project has been made possible with
the help of almost £800,000 in investment from the European
Social Fund provided through Objective One. Further
investment was provided by the Learning and Skills Council
Devon and Cornwall and local businesses.
David Rodda, senior agricultural co-ordinator for the Objective
One Agricultural Development Team, said: "Agriculture
is a key sector of the Cornish economy but it needs to adapt
if it is to meet the challenges of the future and thrive.
"One of the most effective ways of bringing this adaptation
about is to invest in the people who depend on the industry
for their living. Projects like this are enabling us to develop
a workforce that has the range of high quality skills needed
by the modern agricultural industry."
European Social Fund (ESF)
The ESF is helping develop employment by promoting
employability, the business spirit and equal opportunities
and investing in human resources.
For further information contact:
Learning and Skills Council Devon & Cornwall
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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