Teagasc is inviting submissions to its recently launched Education Strategic Vision project for the land-based sector.
Research has demonstrated the high economic returns of Teagasc education at farm and at a national level.
The national vision for the agri-food sector, Food Wise 2025, places major emphasis on education and upskilling across the land-based and agri-food sectors.
The recent Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 report highlights both the opportunities from emerging animal, plant, and digital technologies for the land-based sector and the challenges arising in regard to technology adoption and sustainability in the years ahead.
These will impact on the education and training needs of future entrants to the land based sector.
In launching the consultation exercise, Teagasc director Gerry Boyle stressed that identifying and addressing the future education needs of the land-based sector is a priority issue.
“Teagasc has a crucial role in educating those entering the land-based sector, and now is the right time to fundamentally reflect on the future education needs of those entering the land-based sector,” said Prof Boyle.
The project will be overseen by a steering group comprising members of the agricultural and education sectors as well as international representatives.
Tom Kelly, head of knowledge transfer in Teagasc, indicated that the primary focus of the Teagasc Vision project “will be to determine how best to develop and equip entrants to full- or part-time farming, or other areas of the land-based sector in terms of their personal, technical, and business skillsets”.
Teagasc has prepared a simplified online submission format for different areas of the land-based sector on teagasc.ie/educationvision. Stakeholders wishing to make a more detailed submission will also be facilitated.
The closing date for submissions to the Teagasc Education Strategic Vision project is Friday, June 10.
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