What is the Strategic Development Fund? 

Plumpton College is delighted to be selected by the Department of Education, as a strategic development fund pilot site as part of a consortia of colleges in Sussex.

The project will enable the development of green technologies and skills for land management and food production, with an aim to transition to zero carbon and increased sustainability.

The project: 

The project will look to develop a new technical curriculum focusing on higher technical qualifications and resources which are applicable to the wider land management, agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and marine environment sectors. 

Why is this important? 

Nationally skills in land management, horticulture, agriculture, viticulture are in critically short supply. Plumpton College will work with its existing 2000 employers, Farming and Rural Issues Group South East, National Farmers Union, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (National Levy Board) and the recently introduced Government supported Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture to ensure a new curriculum is developed and aligned to industry sector needs.With a £9m Agri-Food investment programme, a recently opened Centre of Horticulture excellence at One Garden Brighton and a £1.5m investment in the College’s Vet Nursing provision, Plumpton College is well placed to lead on these new curriculum developments. 

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