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Kent Rural Careers, an initiative run by Rural Plc (Kent), attended the successful two day careers event ‘KentChoices4U’ on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March.  Kent Rural Careers, Rural Plc (Kent), Kent County Agricultural Society, Chavereys and BTF Partnership shared a large area within the new Land Based zone.

Day one centred around education and training courses and saw over 2,700 school pupils attend. Many pupils wanted information about the type of careers available in the rural sector and the type of training offered.

Charles Tassell, Director, Rural Plc (Kent) said, “Many young people are unaware that there are so many diverse career opportunities available in the Land Based Sector.  Most people think that traditional farming is the only option.  The Kent Rural Careers website details nearly 150 different careers, a quiz to help young people highlight their strengths and information to help make valuable decisions about their future.”

Day two encouraged visitors aged 16 plus to explore careers, meet potential employers and learn about training and apprenticeships.  BTF Partnership  was able to provide information about becoming a Land Surveyor, Estate Manager or Valuer with Chavereys an accountancy practise offering advice on ATT qualifications and training.

George Jessell, Rural Plc (Kent), Resources Director, said “Kent has many opportunities for work in the countryside, many growers, both strawberry and apple, are looking to recruit people.  The way we grow crops, market and pack them has changed greatly over the past few years.  This is a vibrant growth sector and the industry are looking for a workforce to continue innovation and create new standards.”