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Programme Manager, Nir Halfon, discusses how meeting industry needs has propelled our NEW foundation degree course forward with HortWeek Magazine
Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (6-12 February), we caught up with Rebecca, who is studying a Level 2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship with Plumpton College and employed by Brighton & Hove Museum Trust. Her time is split looking after the gardens at Royal Pavilion, Preston Manor and Hove Museum.
There is growing awareness of the environmental, health and social benefits of locally grown fresh food which has led to an increase in the number of new market gardens and community supported agriculture schemes. The growth in this sector is essential to strengthen the UK’s food resilience. Demand for UK growers and skilled workers is also on the rise with less foreign workers available and more people looking to find more rewarding careers working on the land, enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors.
College is granted extra funding to support adults seeking new careers during the pandemic
In response to economic impact felt because of Covid-19 and with Brexit on the horizon, Plumpton College are set to launch a brand-new; re-training programme ‘Entry into Viticulture’’ designed to provide job seekers and career changers with the opportunity to achieve relevant qualifications and gain industry knowledge and engagement along with a guaranteed interview with a recruiting industry employer.
Learn more about our history
Since the original 400-acre College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.