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Wednesday, 09 May 2012

Graduate Skills for UK Agriculture and Horticulture: Addressing the Challenge - A free public talk by Colin Speller

Colin Speller, Managing Director of ADAS will speak on the skills gap crisis facing the agricultural and horticultural industries.

ADAS (the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service), formerly a government service, is now the UK’s largest independent provider of environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. Colin Speller is an ex Wye College graduate who became the Managing Director in 2006 after a long and distinguished career in the agricultural sciences. 

Over recent decades, the Agricultural/horticultural industry has become a high-tech, highly skilled occupation but during the same period, there has been a gradual decline in agricultural and horticultural research and higher education opportunities in the UK and now, only a very few institutes remain that service the sector directly. The majority of our existing advisors and researchers in this field are approaching retirement.

Following a major investigation into skills shortages in 2009, the Royal Society issued the following statement:

The UK faces a potentially serious skills shortage. Areas of research affected include plant breeding, plant pathology, agronomy, crop physiology, agricultural entomology, weed science, post-harvest biology, soil science and agricultural engineering”  Royal Society press statement, April 2009

Colin's Talk will explore these issues, make suggestions and provide good advice to young people considering the agricultural sciences as a career.

This event is open to the public.

Venue: Canterbury, North Holmes Road, Og46
Time: 06:45

Contact: David Ponsonby (email)
Telephone: 01227 782511

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