In 2019, a levy-funded project, ‘Review of nursery industry career pathways’ (NY17002), led by RMCG Consulting outlined a strategy for the industry
that detailed a clear roadmap for skilled career pathway development in the nursery industry.
The document articulated the key challenge, which is supported by industry surveys, that like many other agricultural industries, the nursery industry faces major challenges around high staff turnover and an ability to attract and retain qualified and experienced people. One of the key roadblocks is the perception of limited
career pathways for someone starting their career in the nursery industry.
Other barriers to talent include a lack of access to specific tertiary education, a low understanding of the benefits the industry delivers, as well as strong competition from other sectors like construction related trades and mining. Furthermore, until recently there has been low promotion of the industry as an employer of choice with career pathways unclear.
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