What is Harvesting Tomorrows Skills (HTS)?

HTS is a network of companies and organisations which are working together to tackle the people and skills shortage within the agri-food industry and, in doing so, drive growth for the future.

Led by the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA) and funded by Invest Northern Ireland, the two-year programme supports the ‘Going for Growth’ targets identified by the Agri-Food Strategy Board.

By working collaboratively and at multiple levels, HTS aims to challenge perceptions and encourage job seekers from all age groups and experience levels to consider the career opportunities the agri-food industry presents.

The long-term aim is to help recruit an additional 15,000 people to the sector by 2020

Collaboration is vital and HTS is working across the industry to champion investment in training so those already working in the sector are upskilled, motivated and committed to it for the long term.

HTS is also engaging with stakeholders including schools, colleges, local councils and business support organisations to dispel the myths and actively encourage young people, those starting their career journey and those considering a career change to realise the potential of everything the food and drink sector has to offer…..


7 months ago
. @Economy_NI has today published the Skills Barometer 2019 Update.

This research provides a detailed analysis of the skill requirements for the Northern Ireland economy, up to 2028.

For more information visit https://t.co/Cv8zhQ1X2x https://t.co/k73Pk1fzaR
7 months ago
Brian Irwin, NIFDA Chairman @NIfoodanddrink , appeared on national television @BBCBreakfast this morning, along with Pamela Dennison, Development Manager, @WSDennison, and reiterated the "massive concerns" of the food and drink industry at the prospect of a no deal Brexit https://t.co/YFXscwBAuU
7 months ago
We picked up a major award for our Linden/Kettyle M&S Dry Aged Fillet steak, at a glittering Meat Management Awards. Also gaining two 'Highly Commended' awards for our M&S Dry Aged Sirloin and M&S Dry Aged Ribeye. Congratulations to all our team and M&S.
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8 months ago
But there has been some pockets of success for some high productivity sectors such as computers programmers, legal and accounting staff, management consultants and food manufacturers. (4/14) https://t.co/QrTgYLGgag