November 8, 2021 By Greenhouse Canada, Fruit & Vegetable magazines
Horticultural education programs are seeing a surge of students registering and being waitlisted for classes, but where do these graduates ultimately end up? How does quality of life play a part in attracting new talent?
In part 2 of 4 in this Growing Horticulture Roundtable series, panelists discuss some of the main challenges faced by themselves and the sector as a whole when it comes to hiring, training and retaining staff. Some of the points discussed may surprise you.
Featuring panelists from across the sector:
- Stephanie Slaman of John Slaman Greenhouses, Ont.
- Dusty Zamecnik of EZ Grow Farms, Ont.
- Kim Wickwire of Olds College, Alta.
- Laura Bryce of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, B.C.
- Niki Bennett of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Ont.
- Tania Humphrey of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Ont.
Stay tuned for Part 3: The ideal candidate, and Part 4: Opportunities as they are released in the coming weeks.
Don’t miss Part 1: Introductions, as growers, educators and sector representatives speak about their roles and perspectives on horticultural labour in Canada.
Can’t wait for the bite-sized pieces to drop? Look for the full, mostly uncut roundtable available on Youtube.
Thank you to our sponsor A.M.A. Horticulture for making this roundtable possible.
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