Horticulture skills surveys
To help characterise the current labour and skills situation in horticulture, AHDB funded two skills surveys – one focused on ornamental horticulture and the other edible horticulture.
Ascertaining the skills needed in commercial horticultural production
Why did we carry out these surveys?
The ornamental and edible horticulture sectors cover a diverse range of production systems and manual labour inputs, the majority of which require specialised skill sets that are a challenge to attain. In recognition of the shortages in labour and the skills gaps that exist in the sector, AHDB, with support from other industry stakeholders, funded these surveys to gather evidence on the industry’s skills and labour force requirements.
What will the results be used for?
The goal of these surveys was to provide an evidence-based summary of the current state of labour in the sector and to help highlight a route to achieving the sector’s full labour potential and workforce sustainability. Stakeholders and industry can use the survey data, to:
- Support the case for lobbying government and requests for funding
- Help inform on migratory advisory committee consultations
- Break down barriers with providers to enable available training to be led by business need
We hope this project will help with the attainment of a sufficient labour force post-EU exit, and a skilled career pathway into the industry.
Ornamental horticulture skills survey
Read the results of the ornamentals skills survey and find out about the training and resource gaps affecting the sector. As well as plant production, this survey also investigated the wider ornamentals sector, including landscaping, arboriculture, public gardens and garden retail.
Edible horticulture skills survey
Find out the results of the edible horticulture skills survey, which analysed responses from over 550 businesses from commercial field vegetable, protected edible, mushroom, soft fruit, tree fruit production and packhouse businesses.