Agriculture’s contribution to Jersey’s GVA was just 1.7% in 2009. However, agriculture and the broader land-based industries, such as fisheries, equine businesses and countryside management, are responsible for much of the ‘look and feel’ of Jersey; they provide fresh, local food and enable a whole sector of food processing and retail; and they shape the countryside, contributing to the quality of life of the population.
The Rural Economy Strategy 2011-15 notes the lack of long-term opportunities for individuals to remain in the rural industries and the adverse effects that this could have on the long term sustainability of the sector. The Strategy calls for a review of labour market intelligence as the basis for a strategy to identify skills gaps and how they might be addressed to meet future needs.
This report is intended to fulfil the requirements of that review.