It’s been another successful year for Myerscough’s agriculture and countryside students.
Further education agriculture learners overcame a disrupted year thanks to the pandemic, which included theoretical and practical modules, and a Christmas Calf Show, to complete their qualifications, which they can now carry forward into the sector in the years to come.
Meanwhile. Land and Wildlife learners were still able to enjoy a comprehensive programme, including essential practical activities and enrichment off campus, thanks to the College’s Covid-19 testing programme, and their own dedication.
They have enjoyed their own outdoor events to commemorate their achievements, before the summer break and then moving to either a job or further study.
We caught up with a few of the FE agriculture students when they met up to celebrate their end of year achievements:
Samantha Brown – ‘’I really enjoyed the course, and developed practical skills on my work experience, as well as learning the scientific aspects of agriculture that will stand me in good stead as I begin my degree programme later this year.’’
Charlotte Rogan – ‘’I really enjoyed the course and found the tutors really friendly and easy to talk to. It helped me develop skills and confidence to secure a job on a local dairy farm.’’
Megan Swift – ‘’I really enjoyed the stock judging training and being part of the judging team at the Winter Livestock Festival. You get out of the course what you put into it.’’
Elizabeth Batterbee – ‘’The tutors provide really good support, and you develop confidence to and the ability to believe in yourself. I now hope to move on to an apprenticeship with a feeding company and ultimately become a nutritionist.’’
Finlay Hayter – ‘’Initially I stated a business course elsewhere but didn’t really enjoy it. I really wanted to do an agriculture course, especially growing up in a farming background. So, atter making a late start on the programme I quickly settled in and I’m now working on a dairy farm and beginning my own goat flock.’’
Jack Thornton – ‘’I started on the College’s 14-16 programme and then moved on to a Level 3. I have taken lots of the skills I’ve learned and put them into practice on my home farm.’’
Craig Thompson is Head of Agriculture & Countryside at Myerscough College and added: ‘’The students have done extremely well in a very difficult year. All the staff are extremely proud of their perseverance, hard work and achievements – they have all done tremendously well.’’
Places are still available for a September start in both of these subject areas, and it’s not too late to apply.