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Agritech can be a leader in social mobility for the East of England

According to recent social mobility research undertaken by PwC, the public are united in wanting business to play a key role in securing the social mobility of future generations. This can be ensured by offering better work experience and career pathways, and greater investment in apprenticeships and skills.

The East of England is in the unique position of being a UK hub for agricultural research and biotech innovation. Heightening demand for food and water is increasing the need for a type of farming that produces more from less, and this region is leading the way in discovering innovative solutions and technologies.

Brexit and climate change mean the UK is under even more pressure to solidify its farming and food supply chains. The industry is developing and commercialising new innovations faster than ever before.

As a result, agri-tech businesses in the East can offer ample opportunity in supporting regional employment growth and upskilling chances. More than two-thirds (71%) of survey respondents said that businesses should open up non-graduate routes into employment, and a further 76% said that businesses should offer initial work placements.

A further 77% said businesses should work with schools and education providers to raise awareness of career opportunities. The agri-tech sector can stand to gain a wealth of diverse skills if it taps into this sentiment and reaches out into the local community to find its workforce of the future.

Alex Kresin, Cambridge agritech lead, said;

“The public wants businesses to take action and to work with government to create guidance and opportunities for people to progress further in life. The agri-tech industry can really take advantage of this by offering work placements and different graduate entry points into their businesses.

By supporting local schools and youth initiatives we can uncover great talent within our own communities. This will prove invaluable in a fast-developing sector and help ensure the future of the industry continues to thrive and lead the way globally.”

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