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2017 | 3(67) | 278-289

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Principal components of professional training of the future agrarians in higher education institutions of Great Britain

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The article deals with basics of professional training of the future agrarians in higher education institutions of Great Britain. The aim of the article is to identify the principal components of professional training of the future agrarians in Great Britain. The goals of the article are to highlight the principle backgrounds influencing formulation of the purpose, tasks and content of professional training of the future agrarians in Great Britain as well as to analyze notion, nature and extent of training future agrarians in higher education of Great Britain. Training future agrarians in higher education refers to bachelor’s degrees in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences. Agricultural education is identified as programs that prepare students for careers in production, agriculture, horticulture, agricultural mechanics, agribusiness, and emerging agricultural fields. Professional training of the future agrarians is provided by further education colleges (FECs)), monotechnics (Harper Adams University College, Royal Agricultural University and Writtle College) and university departments. There is growing demand for high-level skills in the agri-food sectors in Great Britain. The term “high-level skills” is used to cover skills at Level 4 and above, that is, first degrees, higher diplomas and postgraduate qualifications. Modern agricultural programs in higher education institutions in Great Britain cover the subject areas of the land-based and agri-food industries and professions, related applied and social sciences, rural studies, and consumer sciences and studies. As a result of the research we have come to the conclusion that each subject area encompasses various aspects of production chains involving animals, crops and retail of consumer goods and services. Besides they involve consumer interactions with producers, service providers and other stakeholders. Sustainable and secure production, consumption and development are important aspects of the future agrarians’ training. Agricultural programmes in GB provide academically rigorous study of relevance of material that is applicable in the work of world and society. Many programmes are concerned with aspects of human use of the biosphere, as well as moral liability for adequate usage of natural resources. So the experience is useful for Ukraine.



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