Students revelled at the career options the countryside had to offer at a new event at the South of England Showground in Ardingly.
Pupils in their final year of schools across Sussex and Surrey came away saying how excited they were by the opportunities they discovered and by what they saw. Some even signed-up for their chosen career paths spurred on by what they learned.
The South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS) held its inaugural Countryside Careers Day to highlight employment pathways in farming and food production, the countryside and related industries.
SEAS’s education development officer Karen Pritty said: “Our brand new event demonstrated to youngsters in the process of choosing a career that there’s life beyond the confines of a factory or office. A career outdoors is an option that brings rewards far beyond a steady pay packet. There’s improved health and fitness and a true satisfaction that comes from having a real connection to nature, to name just two.”
She added: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from pupils, teachers, exhibitors and our stewards. The experts from industry and education gave our visitors in-depth knowledge on everything from wine production and land management to forestry and engineering.”
Pupils had the opportunity to find out more about possible career choices by talking to those directly involved in the industries. Representatives from local land-based colleges were also on hand to offer advice on gaining qualifications for different workplace options and there were a range of hands-on activities.
Schools and colleges from Mid Sussex attending the Countryside Careers Day included Chailey, Downlands Community, Newick House, Oakmeeds Community College, Oathall Community College and Warden Park.
For more details on the Countryside Careers event and to become involved in the next one, contact Karen Pritty on 01444 892700 or email email@example.com