TIAH is on an exciting journey to become the home of skills, careers and professionalism in agriculture and horticulture.
We will inform, inspire and co-ordinate the industry’s approach to skills to:
During 2018, the concept of a professional body for agriculture and horticulture was described in the Swadling report and received support at an industry forum. As a result, the Senior Leadership Group (SLG) was established to develop the concept and build industry and government support.
Government funding was confirmed in Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan and the SLG became the more formal TIAH Development Board in November 2020.
Lord Curry of Kirkharle is TIAH’s Project Sponsor and Consultation Group Chair. David Fursdon is Board Chair.
In July 2021, TIAH became an official body with Janet Swadling as CEO.
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)
The Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators Limited (IAgSA)
TIAH, England’s new home of skills and careers support for agriculture and horticulture, aims to help people and businesses fulfil their potential and the industry thrive.
TIAH provides access to tailored advice, support, and training for lifelong learning for those involved in agriculture and horticulture or interested in farming and growing careers.
The Senior Leadership Group (SLG) has been advocating the formation of a professional body for agriculture and horticulture since 2018. TIAH became an officially independent charity on 1 July 2021 after Defra confirmed its support in the Agricultural Transition Plan.
Agriculture and horticulture are undergoing huge changes. Many farmers and growers will need to adapt to ensure their businesses will be profitable and sustainable whilst contributing positively to the environment.
To be successful, enough skilled workers must be available at the right time with the proper training. This will mean learning new skills and expanding existing ones in many cases. TIAH aims to transform the current fragmented approach to skills and training by integrating the industry’s existing methods.
TIAH is aimed at everyone who can benefit from, or support, skills development in agriculture and horticulture. Including:
TIAH will have a variety of services available. These will include:
Instead of replacing what’s already available, our work will enhance it. For the benefit of everyone involved in agriculture and horticulture, we’ll work together with partners from across the industry to provide a framework for career development and lifelong learning.
We recognise that the devolved nations are developing their own skills strategies. However, we anticipate greater collaboration and a broader focus across the UK supply chain in the future. These ideas must be explored with all the relevant partners before any decisions are made.
TIAH will be an independent membership organisation. There will be costs to using parts of the system. This will ensure that our products and services can be maintained and developed to remain appropriate for industry.
We will offer our products and services through TIAH’s online platform. The platform is expected to launch in 2023.
However, ahead of launch, we are running a pilot scheme with representatives from the industry. To add value, we need farmers to help us to develop services for farmers.