Vocational Training of Young Farmers: The Case of Students of the American Farm School Vocational Training Institute

  •  Anna Papakonstantinou    
  •  Marios Koutsoukos    
  •  Konstantinos Zoukidis    
  •  Evangelos Vergos    


The purpose of this research is to investigate the views of young farmers regarding individual dimensions of vocational training as applied to students of the Vocational Training Institute (VTI) of the American Farm School. Processed data arriving from specially formulated Likert-level questions revealed that young farmer students find it absolutely necessary to participate in training programs governed by experiential learning methodologies, while recognizing that these processes are linked to their knowledge and skill improvement for developing a firm future professional consignment in the agrifood sector. To that extent, experiential learning applications would subsequently assist program participants to cultivate and grow a better understanding for innovation, which undoubtedly affect the path of agribusiness investment sustainability. Although current national sectoral progress has taken significant steps ahead, still not being enough satisfactory in terms of competitiveness. However, there has to be always tension to gradually organize and execute professional experiential learning methodologies from specialized educational organizations to concretely reach out higher levels of improvement in rural development alongside with other eminent and specialized important factors.

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