One of the projects we carried out last year was a horticultural workforce project that looked at what is needed to build a first class, sustainable workforce to take the industry forward. It was funded by SEEDA (South East Regional Development Agency) and basically involved interviewing growers from all the main sectors of the roduction horticulture industry – fruit, protected cropping, field vegetables and ornamentals and looking for some examples of good practice so as to produce a set of case studies and a “Duffers Guide” to good HR practice.
Most of this of course boils down to better communication, treating people properly and implementing basic HR practice. However there are some really innovative processes and training programmes around and the report – which is available as a PDF download can be accessed via our sister site www.growingjobs.org together with some video case studies.
The report with its supporting case studies is also available to read online or to buy as a paperback thanks to the wonders of social media marketing and a great new site called Completely Novel.
You can now buy the Growing Jobs report and the case studies as a paperback – 57 pages for £5.99
The completely novel site also allows you to read it online before you buy it.
If you do got this route, please let me know how you get on