Farming Skills and Knowledge Focus of Newly Funded Projects

    OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource
Council today welcomed new funding from the Government of Canada to undertake
new initiatives that address agriculture's top human resource challenges:
difficulty recruiting and retaining workers, and lack of knowledge of required
skills and training for agriculture workers.
    "These projects will define the standards of on-farm occupational skills
today, while identifying the requirements of tomorrow's employees," said
Terry Murray, Chair of the Council. "Understanding the skills sets required in
agriculture operations helps employees recruit and retain workers. It also
helps future employees plan their career paths and enroll in the right
training programs."
    Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Pierre Lemieux,
yesterday announced funding of $1.3 million to support three new Council
projects: identifying on-farm occupations; new markets and future skills in
agriculture; and communications and outreach. Mr. Lemieux made the
announcement on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development during an event at La Ferme Gillette in Embrun, Ontario.
    The identifying on-farm occupations project will pinpoint the core skills
specific to farm professions across the 10 key agriculture commodity groups
and develop national occupational standards. With this knowledge, the Council
will be able to better define career pathways and raise awareness of the
skills required for workers on today's farms.
    The new markets and future skills in agriculture project will examine
emerging agriculture markets and their related technologies, and the skills
and knowledge required of its workers. This information will help farmers
identify employment needs, and educators adapt or introduce new training
programs. The results of this project will also enhance recruitment, training
and retention of qualified workers over the long term as Canada's farms
continue to adjust to changing market demands.
    The communications and outreach program will support the expansion of the
Council's partnership-building and awareness-raising efforts to ensure that
all involved agriculture stakeholders reap the benefits of the Council's
activities. The program will promote the results of all of the Council's
projects, including at national and regional forums.
    "On behalf of the Council's Board of Directors, I want to thank the
Government of Canada for this investment in our activities," said Mr. Murray.
"The funds will help us foster a qualified and motivated workforce to sustain
profitable, competitive agriculture operations across Canada."

    The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council is funded by the
    Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

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