'Working to develop the workforce of the next generation'
Growing Rural Careers in Northumberland
This Project was developed in Partnership with other agencies. Its focus was growing the next generation of land-based workers in rural North Northumberland. There were two principal objectives:
- To retain and attract young people to work in the rural area of north Northumberland and so contribute to a healthy rural economy
- Support rural businesses by promoting land based careers to young people and new entrants and supporting rural businesses to train and employ young people and new entrants
The Project was developed from earlier work by the Glendale Gateway Trust, with support from Northumberland National Park Authority and the Scottish Rural College, on the reasons why young people continue to leave Glendale and how to enrich their experience to make our area more attractive to the young. This led to contact with Northumberland National Farmers Union (NFU) and then to Philippa Seccombe, who acted as Project Co-Ordinator. The project continued to evolve in response to input from local businesses and young people.
Over the winter of 2015/16 the aim was to generate interest with young people through creating videos to showcase rural career opportunities and running a career event day based on countryside skills. We also aimed to generate interest with local employers to create apprenticeship or trainee placements.