November 17, 2016

18/11/2016: The importance of good training and workforce retention

by Chris Jackson

My travels continue, which gives me a unique insight into farming and all of its allied industries around the world ranging from tropical to the most temperate of climatic conditions.  
Chris Jackson

The scale of farming ranging from some of the biggest integrators of the world who rely on the latest technologies for precision farming along with large and complex machinery often computer driven through to medium scale business usually family owned and run, down to small scale subsistence farmers who have no other source of livelihood and who are completely reliant on weather and disease problems often compounded by adverse political decisions which can be made in countries far from their own shores.

Whatever the size and scale of enterprise be it crop or livestock production they all have their own particular challenges to overcome.

Training is one of the most crucial aspects of running any business
Without exception training is one of the most crucial aspects of running any business successfully, and having trained operatives, businesses then need to motivate and retain their workers.

Good training is both time consuming and adds considerable costs to production as technologies advance, then training has to be on going and effective.

Let us consider for the moment the problem for subsistence farmers who cannot afford the time to be away from their business; this especially applies to livestock units where the demand for attention is every day of the year.

In the modern western world that I live in, we take for granted electricity, power and now telephones and internet however in poorer areas where these do not exist then the challenges of training are much more severe and I would argue that it is in these special areas that most can be gained by demonstrating simple but different production techniques that could substantially improve outputs and incomes.

To succeed in these countries, the trainers need to have a very clear understanding, not only of the technical language, but cultural implications as well.

Perhaps, more importantly, they also need to have first class practical abilities. The trainers therefore may very well not be trained to high university levels but must have practical skills of a different nature.


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