Fancy swapping maths and history and having a go at sheep shearing,
tractor driving or dry stone walling? …. then the Yorkshire
Agricultural Society is offering bursaries to enable young people
to do exactly that.
A student from Nidderdale High School getting to grips with
dry stone walling as a result of the Society's
bursaries in 2006
Some six bursaries are available for students aged 14 – 16
years studying in North or East Yorkshire who are interested in developing
countryside based skills with a view to either further education
or a career in the rural or agricultural sector.
“We launched the bursaries last year and they were a huge success,” said
Chief Executive, Nigel Pulling. “It's an opportunity
to raise awareness amongst young people of the land based careers
which are available, and make it possible for them to “have
a go” and see if it's for them.”
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is best known as the organiser
of the two flagship country and farming events, the Great Yorkshire
Show each July and the Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair in
October. At both rural skills are very much an important element
of the timetable.
“Encouraging young people to live and work in the countryside
is an extremely important factor in keeping rural areas vibrant,” said
Mr Pulling. “We see this through our work with our Growing
Routes initiative which supports young entrepreneurs. Broadening
our brief to include younger people fits in totally with our on-going
support for the countryside – each year we give nearly £1m,
and this is an extension of that commitment.”
Last year Year 10 students from Nidderdale High School & Community
College near Pateley Bridge, spent a week trying their hands at a
range of activities – from floristry to mowing and strimming
to tractor driving, sheep shearing and dry stone walling. As a direct
result, two students, Robert Bishop and Daniel Elliot will go on
to Askham Bryan College near York to take full time courses in horticulture
and grounds maintenance.
Mr Geoff Liggins, Senior Teacher at Nidderdale High School said: “Our
Rural Skills Week was hugely successful and the bursary given by
the Yorkshire Agricultural Society was an important factor in that.
All the courses were quickly filled and were very much enjoyed. One
of the key aims was to demonstrate that there are employment and
business opportunities in Nidderdale for those with land based skills,
and this was certainly achieved. Several students already had some
experience of tractor driving, but it not only increased their skills' level,
but also gave them a much better understanding of the health and
safety issues involved in working with machinery.”
For further details on the bursaries, please contact Hazel Baker,
Education Adviser on 01423 546230 or email@example.com .
The deadline for entries is Friday 20 July 2007.
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