Farming Minister Mark Spencer has given his backing to the Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture’s (TIAH) campaign to encourage industry workers to test its new online skills and careers service.
The service offers personalised support for everyone working in farming and growing, whatever their sector or experience level. Real user feedback is allowing TIAH to fine-tune it prior to its formal launch next January.
Minister Spencer said: “The Institute has recently launched a test version of its online support platform and I encourage each of you to actively engage with it and share your views. Your feedback will play a big role in its future development, making sure it is aligned with the evolving needs of the farming and growing community.”
Among the wide range of features on offer, the online service can help users improve and demonstrate their professional skills and knowledge. They can assess their current skills, identify knowledge gaps, receive tailored training recommendations and record their learning and development, all in their own online hub.
TIAH’s Chief Executive, Stephen Jacob, said: “It’s vital our online service meets the needs of everyone working in farming and growing so we’d love as many people as possible to get involved in helping us test it before our full launch next January. It’s a great opportunity to get free access to skills and careers support while also helping us fine-tune the service.
“We’re hugely grateful for the invaluable tester input we have received so far. We have acted on the feedback, such as by adding an interactive UK map showing training providers and developing a free, online short course to help managers to develop their staff retention skills, worth up to 20 CPD points. I’d urge people to try it out and see what it can do.”
Anyone signing up to the online service before the end of October deadline will be invited to join TIAH’s upcoming ‘business excellence’ webinar series and receive exclusive access to related content, such as downloadable skills guides.
To sign up visit www.tiah.org