encouraged to grow a career in Tayside's rural industries
pupils from across Tayside and the Mearns were given the chance
to make carnation buttonholes, cuddle guinea pigs and ride a life-sized
"horse simulator" last week (Wednesday 17th September)
- all with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in Scotland's
300 pupils attended the careers event at Wester Meathie Farm, Inverarity,
near Forfar, which was organised by the Tayside Rural Training Forum,
of which Lantra is a partner.
Pupils from Arbroath Academy are encouraged to make the link between
farming and everyday food products, such as cooking oil
12 to 14 year olds were treated to a tour of eight demonstrations
from local experts working or teaching in agriculture, animal care,
biodiversity, equine, floristry, gamekeeping, horticulture and land-based
the event, Angus Provost Bill Middleton said: "I am delighted
to support this initiative, as anything that can be done to raise
awareness of careers in the land-based sector should be encouraged."
Westwood, Lantra's Regional Development Consultant for Grampian
& Tayside, said: "Land-based industries play an important
role in Tayside. The aim of this event was to promote careers and
raise the profile of employment in the rural sector to local young
people in a fun and interesting way.
the interactive nature of the event, we encouraged involvement and
discussion with the youngsters to try and dispel any misconceptions
and clarify the opportunities available."
included Angus College students Sarah Todd and Karen McAllister,
who are currently studying for an HNC in Animal Care. They showed
the youngsters just some of the small animals they learn about and
care for as part of their course - including guinea pigs, hamsters,
High School students get to grips with making carnation buttonholes
at the floristry stand
Davies, who has recently completed an SVQ Level 3 and Modern Apprenticeship
in Floristry as a mature student through Lantra, taught the pupils
how to make beautiful buttonholes using colourful carnations - an
activity that proved equally popular with boys and girls!
demonstrators included: Colin Gair, a freelance gamekeeper and pest
controller working throughout east Scotland, who talked the students
through a variety of traps for pests including mink and wild cats;
Gordon Croll, Horticulture Team Leader at Dundee College, got pupils
to take part in a garden design and layout exercise; and the British
Horse Society Scotland brought along a life-sized "horse simulator"
for pupils to try out.
more information on Lantra's careers work in Scotland contact Jenda
Westwood on 01738 553311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.