More farmers and growers needed to test our online service

More farmers and growers needed to test our online service

Our new Chief Executive, Stephen Jacob, has renewed our call for farmers and growers to try out our new online skills and careers service.
Stephen Jacob.
TIAH CEO Stephen Jacob
TIAH CEO Stephen Jacob
TIAH CEO Stephen Jacob

Stephen, who joined TIAH from BASIS in June, says he's very encouraged by the interest in the new service since it launched in May, with nearly 250 users signed up to date.

Stephen is inviting more people to register for free access to tailored advice and practical tools to support their professional and career development. 

He said: “Since the test version of the online service went live in May, we’ve been pleased to see increasing interest from farmers and growers. We're receiving a wide range of feedback around content and usability which is helping us as develop and refine the service ahead of launching TIAH membership. Many users have told us the service is useful in helping them find training and learning opportunities to the build their skills, and to record their CPD in their own personal hub.” 

Farmers and growers have been giving us their thoughts on features including a training providers directory and course finder; resources to help employers and supervisors retain staff; and an upcoming section offering information and resources on mental health and wellbeing. They've also responded positively to industry and careers information to inform and attract new entrants.  

Liz Haines, is a tenant dairy farmer in Staffordshire. A member of AHDB’s Dairy Sector Council, Liz farms in a joint venture with her husband and two business partners, with around 400 crossbred cows. Liz has been using the online service and thinks it's a useful resource for the industry.  

Invaluable resource for staff

She said: “I've been impressed by the breadth of resources available on the TIAH online service, and it's very handy to have them all gathered together in one place. The opportunity to dip into training and other learning materials at our own pace will be invaluable for our staff. I’d urge others to try it out as it offers a range of very helpful resources.” 

Looking ahead, Stephen is optimistic about TIAH’s role as it supports individuals and the wider agriculture and horticulture industry: 

“As TIAH reaches its second anniversary, I've joined at an incredibly exciting time. In addition to opening our online service, we're seeing gathering momentum on the important cross-industry careers action plan with the support of partners including Lantra, LEAF and NFU. The aim is to ensure the industry’s wide range of exciting careers is recognised by new entrants. It also involves supporting agricultural and horticultural business to find and retain as workforce in the right numbers and with the right skills. 

“In both areas, the key to success is TIAH working in partnership with farmers, growers and industry partners so that, together, we can support skills development, careers and professionalism of everyone working in pre-farm gate agriculture and horticulture.” 

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