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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

Recruiting and Training Tomorrow's Propagators

Ken Turner

pp: 208-209


The Problem. Everyone in commercial horticulture is finding it difficult to recruit new staff at all levels — but especially those with an ability to learn essential skills and who have an aptitude to supervise and manage. As I.P.P.S. members we all enjoy our work within the horticulture industry, especially where it is linked to propagation. But very few of today's young people see horticulture as a rewarding career.

The Reasons. There are many reasons for this but chief among these is that horticulture is not seen for what it is, an industry that improves everybody's quality of life. In short it does not have an appealing image. This is in part because horticulture is linked, in most peoples' minds, to agriculture with its associated problems. In addition, parents and mentors, including those in the careers service, see employment in a vocational industry that requires manual skills as a failure.

Within the United Kingdom there has been a financial incentive to keep all

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