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Includes farming workers who grow and harvest crops or breed animals, as well as fishery and forestry workers.

Key facts:

  • Skilled agricultural workers comprise an important but declining share of total EU-28 employment. In countries such as Romania, Portugal, Greece and Croatia, a substantial proportion of job opportunities in the next decade will be for skilled agricultural workers.
  • Skilled agricultural workers tend to be trained ‘on-the-job’ and, as a consequence, hold only low-level qualifications. 
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing are at the forefront of sustainable development efforts. Not only will this drive skills needs, but it is expected to raise skill and qualification levels as well.

The full text of the Analytical highlight can be downloaded from the link below:

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