New green careers digital hub for Kent launched

New green careers digital hub for Kent launched

A new partnership between TIAH and Growing Kent & Medway hopes to entice a new generation into the horticulture sector.
TIAH and Growing Kent & Medway announce partnership to provide regional skills and careers information.
TIAH and Growing Kent & Medway have created a regional hub for skills and careers information.
TIAH and Growing Kent & Medway have created a regional hub for skills and careers information.

As part of the collaboration, a regional hub is being developed in TIAH’s new online service for professional skills and careers. The hub will include local information about employers, job roles, and career pathways in the Kent and Medway regions.

Announced during Green Careers Week, the partnership highlights horticultural roles, including those that help tackle climate change.  

Dr Nikki Harrison, Programme Director for Growing Kent & Medway, said: “Our region is at the forefront of sustainable food and drink production. 

“Our businesses are innovating with vertical farming, regenerative viticulture, and high-tech fruit farms. 

"By highlighting pioneering businesses in our region and sustainable careers, we hope to bring new talent into the sector.” 

“The horticultural sector offers a huge range of diverse and exciting career opportunities. However, we know there are skills gaps that need to be addressed to ensure it can continue to innovate and remain resilient in the future.“ 

Collaboration important in improving access

Tess Howe, TIAH’s Head of Partnerships, said: “TIAH’s research shows our industry is being held back by a lack of coordination and collaboration. Government tasked us with aligning regional and national initiatives, so we're excited to support careers and skills development in Kent and Medway.  

“This partnership will attract more people with the skills horticulture needs and support them with training opportunities.” 

Clear appetite for information on skills and careers

Nikki added: “There is a clear appetite from teachers and career advisors for help to connect young people with our industry. Our regional hub is a critical step in helping us make those connections and will complement the work others in the county are undertaking.” 

The Growing Kent & Medway and TIAH regional skills hub is in development and available online now. Local businesses interested in being featured should email [email protected]

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