NIOBIUM LABS M.E.P.E
Farminguk
29 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Less co2 Limited


9 July 2014 16:43:50|News,Shows and Events

Down on the farm – with a difference


Set in 160 acres of countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan the Amelia Trust Farm is no ordinary farm. From the outside the usual array of cows, sheep and chickens would suggest otherwise but what sets this farm apart is its core aim of educating vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
Established in 1991 the farm is now managed by Beth John, recently named as one of the ‘Future Skills… food for thought’ campaign’s Welsh food and drinks ambassadors, who can be held up as shining examples of the direct benefits of training employees and providing opportunities for continued, practical learning. Ambassadors will also highlight the importance of key workplace skills across the entire food and drink supply chain, from agriculture through to manufacturing, retail and hospitality.
The Amelia Trust works with young people in the following age groups 11-13yrs, 13--16 yrs and 16+. In addition to helping them develop their personal self-confidence, the Trust also offers a formal route to qualifications through Open College Network and City and Guilds qualifications
Having been brought up on a farm herself, Beth John, who has been with the Trust for seven years, believes that the agricultural environment can be very beneficial for helping and supporting young people: “The young people who come to us have usually had to face up to many difficulties in their personal life and we help them discover a sense of purpose and responsibility. It is fantastic to seem them flourish in this environment and see their personal confidence and self-esteem grow. The qualifications that we offer in animal care and conservation for example also support their formal development so that they feel they can make an even greater contribution to society.”
In her ambassadorial role Beth also feel strongly the need to promote farming as a thriving and worthwhile career path: “I am concerned that there is a negative perception of the farming industry out in the wider world and I see part of my role with the Trust as promoting the industry as a valid and rewarding career. The young people who come here to study and visit are often surprised at the level of knowledge needed in various areas to ensure the business succeeds and I would hope that we can play a small part in promoting the positive aspects of agriculture.”

Download





1 Comment


loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

World News

Canada | 27 May 2016
Southern Ontario farmers launch their own weather network

Southern Ontario farmers are building their own weather network to more accurately record how conditions will affect their crops. The AG Grower Daily Dashboard project is designed to give farmers h...


Australia | 27 May 2016
National Australia sees farmers seeking loans to weather crisis

National Australia Bank Ltd., the nation’s largest lender to farmers, is expecting its dairy clients to seek short-term credit to assist them as slumping milk prices have thrown the industry into a cr...


USA | 27 May 2016
Central Indiana county approves livestock farm restrictions

A central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on big livestock farms limiting where those farms with hundreds or thousands of animals can be built. The ordinance approved this week by the ...


Ireland | 27 May 2016
Dairy farmers' income plight in spotlight

IFA president Joe Healy, who met with EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels, said the majority of dairy farms will be in the red this month. He urged the Commissioner to act without de...


Canada | 27 May 2016
The changing face of Canada's farm industry

Mapping the evolution of Canada's farm industry is not as simple as just examining the numbers. Every five years, Canada's federal government asks us to provide details on who lives in our househol...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale

PropertyLocation
PropertyAgent
PropertyMinimumPrice
PropertyMaximumPrice
PropertyCategory

Holiday Rentals search

AccommodationKeyword
AccommodationType
AccommodationCounty
AccommodationStarRating


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password