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The Kent County Agricultural Society is helping young people aged 13 to 16, to understand the career prospects available in farming and the land based sector. Farming Futures, a one-day event on Wednesday 12th October, will showcase the diverse work opportunities the industry now encompasses. The Agricultural Society through its Education and Awards Committee identified the need for an event that can offer secondary school pupils information and hands-on activities organised by industry professionals. The event will be held at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone and is supported by Kent County Council and The Godinton Charitable Trust.

The event is free for both exhibitors and visitors, with both Kent based and national companies and organisations being represented.
In a recent seminar held at East Malling Research, one of the key areas identified as having a detrimental affect in farming over the next few decades will be sourcing a workforce. Roz Day, Chairman of Farming Futures explained, “The agricultural industry has always been subject to stereotyping when it comes to career options. Very few career advisers understand that farming has become a hugely important and diverse sector. From animal management to scientific research, the increased number of highly paid jobs and small business opportunities has grown significantly”.

The Kent County Agricultural Society is helping young people aged 13 to 16, to understand the career prospects available in farming and the land based sector. Farming Futures, a one-day event on Wednesday 12th October, will showcase the diverse work opportunities the industry now encompasses.  The Agricultural Society through its Education and Awards Committee identified the need for an event that can offer secondary school pupils information and hands-on activities organised by industry professionals. The event will be held at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone and is supported by Kent County Council and The Godinton Charitable Trust.
The event is free for both exhibitors and visitors, with both Kent based and national companies and organisations being represented.

In a recent seminar held at East Malling Research, one of the key areas identified as having a detrimental affect in farming over the next few decades will be sourcing a workforce.  Roz Day, Chairman of Farming Futures explained, “The agricultural industry has always been subject to stereotyping when it comes to career options.  Very few career advisers understand that farming has become a hugely important and diverse sector.  From animal management to scientific research, the increased number of highly paid jobs and small business opportunities has grown significantly”.

Students will spend 40 minutes in each of four information areas and take part in one pre-booked workshop session throughout the day.  There will also be time at the end of the day for students to revisit stands for more information if they wish to do so.

The four areas will be; Arable, Livestock & Equine, Food Production, Woodland & Countryside Management and a general information area where students can talk to colleges, representatives from the business community and land based specialists. The workshops will allow young people to listen to employers from a number of businesses and the qualifications, apprenticeships and salary packages available.  The workshop topics for discussion are Veterinary & Animal Care, Business Management & Marketing, Hospitality & Catering, Mechanics & Engineering and Research & Science.
The Kent County Agricultural Society aims to create a database of careers within the land based sector, which can in turn form the start of an interaction with schools in Kent.  Lucy Hegarty the Show organiser is confident that the online database, accessed from the website www.farmingfuturesevent.org.uk  will ensure that pupils have the most up-to-date information about possible career paths and the salaries that can be earned.  The future of farming is dependent on young people engaging with the industry and Farming Futures will demonstrate the vast range of opportunities available.

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