Skills programme to help double region’s agri-food contribution to economy

Agricultural businesses across Greater Lincolnshire are being encouraged to invest in the future of their workforce and take advantage of a free business skills programme.

With more grade one agricultural land than any other Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in England, Greater Lincolnshire LEP has plans for the region’s agri-food sector to double its contribution to the economy by 2030.

In order to achieve this growth, a programme of investment in productive capacity, skills and knowledge has been put in place to drive an increase in sales to the UK and export market.

As part of this, education providers have devised a programme of integrated skills and innovation support to facilitate the development of a more productive agri-food sector.

The courses are aligned closely with the regional agri-food sector plan, which was adopted by Greater Lincolnshire LEP, and addresses the actions which need to be taken in the next three years as major changes impact on the food chain.

Agricultural businesses across the Greater Lincolnshire region are also being offered the chance to sign up to Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), a regional skills and enterprise programme led by Calderdale College in partnership with 13 local training providers.

Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of External Funding at Calderdale College, overseeing the Skills Support for the Workforce project in the region, said: “Agri-food businesses are facing an economic climate which has seen an increase in labour costs and prices within a very competitive market place. There are also issues relating to labour availability which impact on businesses too.

“A key way to address these challenges is to increase the skill set of existing employees to improve staff retention, which will in turn improve quality standards and efficiency, and ultimately support employers overcoming future challenges and realise their ambitions advancing productivity and growth.

“We have worked closely with the LEP to develop a range of skills training programmes which offer agri-food businesses courses that will not only up-skill, but also re-skill, their staff to allow them to grow and make their business resilient.”

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