WORKFORCE & SKILLS
Presentation - Professor Priti Krishna, Western Sydney University
Context - The skills need for backyard vegetable production differ from businesses supplying food to consumers. The skills needed for the food system are diverse. They include technical skills, through to basic business skills, food safety to customer service. The ability to innovate must be valued throughout the business.
Challenge - The lack of skilled or motivated people are impediments, but so is poor business culture. Technology means fewer people are needed but with higher skills. Engaging meaningfully with schools and young people is critical but so is creating the right workplace and skilling people to job need. The answers require innovation and an appetite for risk. Are we ready for this?
Facilitator – Michael Claessens, Regional Development Australia
Business Enterprise Centre – Business skills and the “art” of food
CIT/TAFE – Training available for food
Schools engagement: Funghi Co
Josephine Duffy, Stephanie Alexander- Kitchen Garden Foundation