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Agriculture Student - Danny Watson

Growing up in a rural environment, Danny Watson has had a passion for the outdoors since he was a little boy. Often helping local people on a voluntarily basis, Danny has assisted crofters during lambing, in addition to working on neighbouring farms as a farm hand and as a general worker. “I have known since I was about 12 years that I wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, and have been very fortunate to have been able to work alongside crofters and farmers in the area where I live.”

Florist - Diane Thompson

When Diane's exam grades were higher than expected, she took a degree course in Business Studies instead of following her original plan to train as a florist. Diane completed the National Certificate in floristry, a one year course involving a work placement one day per week.

"The course covered all the different aspects of business.  You learn a wide range of practical skills and get the chance to expand your creative talents.  Being in a work placement for one day a week allowed me to put what I had learnt straight into practice."

Conservation Ranger - Rebecca Smith

From Tanzania to the Trossachs, Rebecca Smith’s journey to achieve her ambition to work in environmental conservation has taken several twists and turns - and a decade - to come to fruition. At 28, she has just landed her dream job as a Conservation Ranger with the Forestry Commission in Scotland. Rebecca completed a two-year Modern Apprenticeship, including SVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Trees and Timber Establishment, and says this training was the perfect introduction to her new career.

Crofter - Eleanor Arthur

First of all, what is a crofter? A crofter is the person who occupies and works a small agricultural unit known as a croft. A crofter is normally the tenant of the croft, paying rent to the landlord of the croft. But many others have purchased their crofts and are owner-occupiers of their crofts. Most crofts are situated in the north of Scotland.

Fencer - Ian Jones

Ian Jones has invested thousands of pounds in training, and taken an assessor’s qualification to ensure his fencing staff are 100% qualified. He runs I P Jones Fencing Contractors Ltd in Lancashire, which works for major housebuilders in the North West. Ian’s company, which he runs with his wife Kelsay, already sees the benefits of a universal training policy: well qualified workers, appreciation from clients, more efficient work on site, a good reputation for the firm, and - potentially - a leading position in his sector.

RSPCA Skills Development Manager - Simon Johnston

The RSPCA is more than 180 years old. Today it has 1,600 full and part-time staff dedicated to animal welfare, rehoming, education and investigating cruelty and prosecuting hunts. Funded entirely by voluntary donations and legacies, has 172 branches, four animal hospitals, four wildlife centres and 51 rehoming centres.

Farrier - Rebecca McWilliams

Working part time at a stable, Rebecca McWilliams always loved to watch the farrier working. This really had an influence on her and she decided she wanted to learn more about blacksmithing and farriery.

Florist - Joe Massie

When Florist Joe Massie chose to take vocational rather than academic qualifications, some of his teachers tried to discourage him, but today the Liverpool teenager has become of the UK’s top young florists. He manages Fishlocks, one of Liverpool’s most renown florists, established 100 years ago.

Joe says training has been essential to his success and his skills benefit the business he manages.

Horse Care Apprentice - Joanne Adrian

Busy mum and equine groom, Joanne Adrian in Cornwall is currently enhancing her skills in the workplace through an equine Apprenticeship at Duchy College. Employed at Boskell Riding Centre, Trethowel near St Austell, Joanne is studying a level 2 Apprenticeship in Horse Care. The yard, which has been running for over 18 years, includes working liveries and riding instruction.

Dog Groomer - Heidi Anderton

Heidi Anderton is the Managing Director of Absolutely Animals Ltd and began her career in dog grooming at 17 after deciding she wanted to work with animals. Dog Groomer Heidi sets high training standards, and starts with herself. She holds the British Dog Groomers Association’s Higher Grooming Diploma, and is a member of the Guild of Master Groomers. She’s also an examiner for the Advanced and Higher Diploma in dog grooming.

No surprise then that her salon Absolutely Animals is a:

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