Agriculture sets Site on Future Talent - Database of agriculture training programs launched



    ST. JOHN'S, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of its Annual General
Meeting, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) today
launched AgriTalent.ca - an easy-to-use online database linking Canadians to
institutions and training providers that offer programs in agriculture.
    "This is an exciting time to get into and to prosper in agriculture,"
said Terry Murray, Chair of CAHRC's Board of Directors. "There is an immediate
need for people with specialized training and skills, and the possibilities
are endless. AgriTalent.ca will help Canadians discover those possibilities
and get the education they need to start, or grow within a rewarding career."
    Canadian agriculture is facing a growing shortage of skilled workers.
Over the next five years, an estimated 50,000 positions will need to be
filled. These include supervisory and technical specialists, machinery
operators and mechanics as well as general farm workers.
    "AgriTalent.ca reveals a lot about the opportunities agriculture presents
as a career choice," added Danielle Vinette, CAHRC's Executive Director.
"Thanks to the Internet, this tool shows Canadians and the world the wealth of
agriculture training programs offered by Canadian institutions and training
providers."
    AgriTalent.ca contains up-to-date information on more than 1,000 programs
and courses that are offered by training institutions across Canada. Listings
range from full-time degree and diploma programs to accreditation and
continuing education courses. AgriTalent.ca is an essential resource for youth
planning a career in agriculture, persons currently employed in the sector who
want to advance their career, and employers who want to expand the skill sets
of their workforce.
    The AgriTalent.ca database was launched before agriculture and education
leaders on the eve of CAHRC's Annual General Meeting, which is taking place
this week in St. John's. Led by industry and funded through the Government of
Canada's Sector Council Program, the Council was set up to address the human
resource issues facing Canada's agriculture sector.




For further information:

For further information: Shannon Sheil, Media Relations Consultant,
(613) 565-3258, cell: (613) 761-3227; www.cahrc-ccrha.ca

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