14th April 2003





Pupils from four schools across Lincolnshire have been presented with certificates after attending a rural activities course at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.


The 13 pupils were presented with certificates of attendance by Steve Watson, further education co-ordinator at the school, when they completed a Rural Vocational Course at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park.


Specifically designed to give pupils a taste of training and work opportunities in the rural community, the course introduces pupils to industries such as horticulture, forestry, agriculture, conservation, animal management and horse management.


The year 11 pupils from North Kesteven School, North Hykeham, The City of Lincoln Community College, Yarborough School, Lincoln and De Aston School, Market Rasen, spent one day per week over a 24-week period taking part in activities which introduced them to the many benefits of working within land-based industries.


During the course, held at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus, the group also took part in visits to see elements of the course in practice. 


One trip looked in detail at the working of the forestry department of Welbeck Estates near Worksop.


The second liaison involved the police dog section visiting Riseholme Park to give a demonstration of dogs drug-sniffing and criminal-catching.


Finally the pupils paid a return visit to the farms at Welbeck Estates, where they saw how a global positioning system (GPS) was used to spray potato seedbeds.


“Many pupils would prefer to follow a more vocational route after school,” said a school spokesperson. “So this course gives pupils a taste of other options open to them within land-based industries.


“This is the second year in which the course has been run and it has already proven to be successful with many of the pupils deciding to take up further education. 


“Last year we had pupils join our National Diploma in Animal Management and this year we have two starting Modern Apprenticeships in Agriculture.”


For more information about the course contact John Trigg on 01522 895436 or Steve Watson on 01522 895423.


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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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