19th November 2001

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE RURAL ECONOMY

 

A project to inform school pupils about career opportunities in the rural economy is under way at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.

 

The project is funded by the Connexions Lincolnshire and Rutland Initiative Fund to encourage fifteen-year-old students from schools in Lincolnshire to consider further education.

 

The project was set up by Yarborough School in conjunction with the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture - part of the University of Lincoln – which offers vocational training every Monday for 24 weeks at the Riseholme and Caythorpe campuses in areas such as Equine Studies and Conservation.

 

“We were anxious that students should have first hand experience of their post-16 options,” commented Glenys Davies, Deputy Head of Yarborough School. “We joined forces with the School of Agriculture as they were looking to promote career opportunities in the rural economy.”

 

Eight students from Yarborough and North Kesteven Schools and Branston Community College are currently involved in conservation work at the Riseholme campus.

 

“The project is very practical,” commented education liaison officer John Trigg. “It aims to give students an idea of what it’s like to work in the rural economy whilst helping them to develop their team skills.

 

“This is the first time that a project of this kind has been run at the school and we anticipate that at least 30% of the project students will start a further education course next year,” he added.

 

For further information about the scheme please contact John Trigg at the School of Agriculture on 01400 275601 or Glenys Davies at Yarborough School on 01522 529203.

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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