Informal and non-formal learning plays an important role in skills acquisition for the arable farming industry.

The Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence is undertaking research into non-formal and informal learning: Non-formal and Informal Learning in the FF Sector.

This research will assist Muka Tangata to: 

  • have a better understanding of the range of non-formal learning happening in the industry
  • use that knowledge to recognise or in some way credential non-formal learning
  • advocate for a better learner transition from non-formal to formal learning through a provider using recognition of prior learning

As part of our further work, we will seek to better understand the relevant non-formal learning being offered, for example by the Foundation for Arable Research, and investigate whether there is value in facilitating ways to have this learning linked to formal training. 

Latest update:

As we have built up our workforce development plans, we can see that there are common opportunities across multiple industries relating to delivery and assessment, and non-formal learning. To give this issue more focus and to systematically address any sector-wide issues we have combined our work in this area into a single programme of work.

Our industry teams will be closely involved in this work, and we will make sure that any unique issues or solutions for Arable continue to be visible and prioritised.

You can read about our progress HERE.