Schools and Industry
The future; linking schools with horticultural business
The RHS is working to link schools and horticultural businesses by introducing Campaign member schools to known regional and local professional networks. There are already examples of schools working with some of the leading horticultural businesses in the UK giving students the following benefits:
A real-life context for their lessons, raising engagement
Access to the facilities, resources and industry standard equipment provided by a specialist horticultural business
A close-up view of professional horticulture and a connection to the world of work, raising aspirations for the future
A possible direct pathway to apprenticeships and employment.
The great thing is that most businesses are really keen to engage with schools - as a way of working more closely with their local community and of attracting more young people into the industry in the future. STEM challenges within schools have seen student solutions to real-life problems actually being implemented by businesses, giving a real purpose to the work being done.
The RHS is currently piloting projects with horticultural businesses and schools that link to the Key Stage 3 curriculum and will have more information shortly.