The big theme at TIAH’s quarterly Consultation Group meeting on 14 September was the need for ongoing partnership and collaboration.
TIAH launched its new Strategic Plan with the group’s industry members. They were invited to share their views on how those in agriculture and horticulture can be involved in shaping and supporting TIAH.
The discussion covered important issues including alignment with the Government’s plan for new entrants; how TIAH can support real change around health & safety; and making careers in food and farming more attractive to those currently outside the industry.
TIAH’s Founding Patron Lord Donald Curry, who chaired the meeting, said:
“It is essential that we continue to work in a collaborative way with all other organisations with an interest in a professional, skilled and progressive workforce in farming and growing.
“The Consultation Group provides an essential forum for the exchange of evidence, expertise and ideas, and we are extremely lucky to have such a diverse and high calibre range of members volunteering their time to support TIAH and its development.”
Dr David Rose, Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension at the University of Reading, gave an insight into his research on behaviour change in farming, leading to discussion about how every industry sector can most effectively embed a stronger culture of professionalism and lifelong learning.
TIAH Chair, David Fursdon, said:
“Our ongoing engagement with the Consultation Group is fantastic. It allows us to build our experience of what people want, their views on our progress, and their feedback on ongoing industry change.”
The next meeting of the Consultation Group will take place in December. If your organisation is not currently represented then do please contact [email protected]