7th October 2005




The number of young people signing up to study at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture has risen sharply this year.


Initial recruitment figures for the school – part of the University of Lincoln based at Riseholme Park – show a 20 per cent increase in student numbers overall and an increase of 53 per cent in the National Diploma in Agriculture intake.


“This is very good news for the agricultural industry which is becoming increasingly concerned over the lack of new entrants into the industry,” said Clive Bound, Director of Riseholme Park.


Mr Bound cited three reasons for the increase in student numbers this year:


·                the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture is engaged with schools through the Increased Flexibility Programme which provides 14 to 16-year-olds with an opportunity to attend Riseholme once a week to study agriculture


·                the increased investment which the university has made in resources at Riseholme Park


·                the successful bid for Centre of Vocational Excellence status, which has enabled the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture to work much more closely with the industry in providing courses that are relevant to modern agriculture and are demand-led.


“It is essential for our students to gain the practical skills required by the industry which will help them to secure employment when they leave,” added Mr Bound.


“The university’s farm, Riseholme Park Farms, plays an essential role in providing the physical resources where students can learn and practise their skills before joining the industry to gain experience.


“The National Diploma provides students with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge on which to base their future career or as a stepping stone into higher education.”



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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

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