Agriculture

Project seeks to provide workforce training for San Benito’s agriculture

Changes in technology, operational process, and increasing regulation has created a lack of skilled workers needed to serve the industry.

The agriculture industry is labor intensive. According to a 2012 report by the California State Farm Bureau, the state is facing a significant shortage of workers. Changes in technology, operational process, and increasing regulation has created a lack of skilled workers needed to serve the industry.

To help solve the workforce problem, the California Community College’s Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies (AWET), in partnership with the San Benito County Workforce Development Office, the San Benito County’s Farm Bureau, and the Grower Shipper-Association, has developed the Agricultural Workforce Training Need Survey. The goal is to identify current workforce training gaps in the agricultural sector to develop pertinent training programs that meet the needs of the regional businesses.

It is essential to have the input of our farmers, ranchers, and agricultural services providers; only with your input, we can determine the needs of the agricultural workforce in San Benito County. We ask for just a few minutes out of your busy schedule to support this effort.

Survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sanbenagdevsurvey

Encuesta en Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/condadosanbenito

With your input, we will be able to develop the right training programs to support our agricultural workforce and improve our sector’s competitiveness. We appreciate your time to support this workforce development initiative by taking the time to complete this Survey.

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PaulaBalbontin

Agricultural Education at West Valley College, California