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Monday, 22 February 2021
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Are your children thinking about a possible career in the countryside? The food, farming and countryside management sectors offer a wealth of opportunities for young people, have a look through this range of resources that will not only inspire but also give valuable facts about how to get into these exciting roles.

Ages 4 - 11

This Exploring Farming resource contains a set of teacher notes that are really easy for any parent to follow and there is an accompanying Power Point that can be used to show images to young children. Through a series of activities children will think about what we might find on a farm and what we get from farms. Children will also explore what it is like to be a farmer and the jobs farmers do on a farm.
These agriculture and farming Career Cards produced by the National Federation of Young Farmers clubs and LEAF Education are perfect for introducing children to a range of careers in this fascinating sector. The cards outline the necessary skills and qualifications required and can give a realistic estimate of the starting salary for each role.
Have a read through this People Who Work in the Countryside guided exploration of the varied jobs and careers linked to the countryside, through a series of questions with suggested websites to investigate the answers.

Ages 11 - 16

The career opportunities from ‘farm to fork’ are extensive and provide wide variety of opportunities to students. This poster and supporting case studies , produced by Food a Fact of Life are now available to download for guidance and inspiration to children when considering options for next steps and their future career.

This e-booklet aims to highlight some of the careers available in the Poultry Industry and the routes to take to achieve them by offering activities and information. As well as providing factual information, we hope also to encourage some young people to consider a career in the industry as there are many different jobs available at many different levels.
This Future Farming Independent Learning Activity has some interesting activities for young people to try on their own using the careers cards. This resource is an adaption of the original Future Farming workshop resources.
Check out this Countryside Module, which is part of the free www.talkingjobs.net careers education resource for secondary schools (key stages 3, 4 & Post 16) and includes eight video interviews about countryside employment. 
Does a job using amazing technology appeal to you? Let these four young professionals with great jobs in agriculture show you their daily work using technology in farming on these YouTube videos produced by the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust.  A farming employer also gives you his advice on how to get a job as a technician or with technology in agriculture.
In his film also produced by the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust Jim explains how he loves his job in Farm Management and why he thinks you should consider a career in agriculture.

For more home education resources, go to the Countryside Classroom Home Education Hub. We will also be posting a blog highlighting a range of resources on the themes of Cultivating and Propagating, Cooking and Baking, Crafting and drawing. All resources were originally written for school use, but are equally suitable for education at home, while following government guidelines on social distancing.

Do share what you are doing with us, and other home educators, at #CountrysideClassroom.

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LEAF Education works to engage, motivate, and inspire young people through experiential learning in order to equip our future generations with a balanced and informed insight into food production, farming and the environment. As the leading agri-education organisation we connect farmers, teachers, and young people, to support our future generations...    Read More
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