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Suffolk Agricultural Association column: Suffolk Show showcases careers and education in food and farming

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 March 2014

Suffolk skills at the show

Suffolk skills at the show

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The Suffolk Show is showcasing careers and education for the future of food and farming in a pioneering first.

Learning skills is one thing, but turning them into careers that will benefit the agricultural and related industries is much needed. Reports that more than 60,000 new entrants will be required in the next decade across all sectors in food and farming means pressure to find and train those people.

The Association in its strategic review identified its key role in education and is already taking this a stage further by encouraging many areas of the Show to promote careers; among them is the Farm Discovery Zone, the Sports Village, Military Zone, Flower and Garden Experience as well as the Adnams Food and Drink Experience. “Here they can come and meet with the people involved in these industries, find out what’s involved, and then talk to the educational colleges about the courses that may be relevant to them,” said executive director Christopher Bushby.

The Suffolk Skills area of the Show, which has showcased the talents and skills of students from all the local colleges of further education for prospective employees, will be rebranded as the Skills Careers Zone. Backed by Easton and Otley College, Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College this area, with demonstrations including carpentry, bricklaying, hair and beauty, cookery and car mechanics, will be a forum for students, trainers and employers providing a one stop shop and the place to talk about all aspects of employment in horticulture and agriculture – whether direct or in the servicing areas relevant to them.

“We hope that by introducing the new special price of £5 for 15-18 year olds and making entry free for 14s and under, more young people will be encouraged to attend the Show and find out how many jobs of all types are linked to food and farming,” he said.

Firefighters tackled two cars which were on fire in Haverhill after a suspect was seen setting fire to a vehicle by a member of the public.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Staff and students at Colchester Academy are celebrating their success after the school received its first ever ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

A senior whistleblower within the region’s ambulance trust has claimed up to 80 people could have died or come to harm because of delays over the Christmas and New Year period.

A toddler has been rushed to hospital with a fractured skull after a serious crash in Barningham this morning.

A prolific shoplifter’s 148th offence was exposed by a price tag hanging from his clothing.

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