On 03/11/21 we held a stakeholder event at Suffolk Rural which was attended by 16 delegates representing 12 Suffolk horticultural enterprises. The purpose of the event was to inform these companies as to the developments at Suffolk Rural in the provision of horticultural education but also to engage with these stakeholders to identify, 1) how as a sector we can encourage more young people to consider a horticultural career and 2) how we can, as a college, engage with a wider range of horticultural businesses throughout Suffolk.
It was obvious from the meeting that those attending welcomed the opportunity to connect with us, but they also wanted us to develop closer links with their individual organisations as they felt that they could provide work experience placements, internships etc for students. The positive feedback from these 16 stakeholders has given me the confidence that a greater number of businesses could engage with the college and this project would enable that to happen.
The aims will be:
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