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6 Dec 2019,  Tricia

Lack of trained Plantaria Staff

“Having worked as a Plantaria Manager from the 1980's I see lots of Vacancies for plantaria managers, which don't get quickly filled, talking to recruitment agencies there seems to be lack of trained plantaria staff, colleges don't  seem to be offering the right courses. I have a lot of experience, so would be very keen to advise or train plantaria staff”

7 Feb 2020,  Adrian
This is very true. There has been a lot of talk from the industry and the RHS to get young people into Horticulture, but as Craig said, the pay is not enough to pay a mortgage and household bills. The pay for plant managers has hardly gone up in 20 years. I spent years studying for two diplomas and a degree in horticulture and have been in the industry for over 30 years, but often wondered if it was worth it for my love of plants and thought of leaving. I also would not advise anyone to choose horticulture as a main career, but as a second career. Until the industry wakes up and starts paying a realistic wage for skilled horticulturists, then the number of people entering the industry will decline and the number leaving will increase.
6 Dec 2019,  Craig
Have you seen the pay that is being offered? Have a look on indeed at the rates of pay for trained /experienced staff in other industries. It's all very well having a passion for horticulture but that doesn't pay the bills. I've also worked in the industry since the 80s but would never recommend it as career. Do horticulture as a hobby and choose a career path that can pay more.
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