Grow Career Takes Root in West Sussex
Building on the success of last year’s Grow Careers event a fresh batch of students attended GroSouth on the 12 November 2014. Hadlow and Sparsholt colleges were well represented while the prize for greatest commitment to furthering their careers went to four students from Rodbaston college in Staffordshire who travelled down, on the day, to take part.
Once again the objective was to provide the best horticultural students with a tailor-made visit to the South’s premier trade show. Inspiration was provided by the Grow team who were tasked with describing clear pathways into the world-of –work. This year’s team included Laura Marner from Vitacress, Tim Lawrance- Owen from Walberton Nursery and Lance Russell from Fleurie Nursery. Lance, who attended last year’s event, was able to explain how Grow Careers had played a crucial role in him obtaining employment as a technical manager.
The day incorporated presentations, mentoring, a tour of Roundstone’s production facilities, business introductions and a free Grow Careers Goody Bag containing £50 travel expenses, RHS student membership, HDC publications and crop walkers guides, a hand lens and £100s worth of training in the form of a Growtrain voucher.
Throughout the day students met up with industry experts including Catherine Dawson from Melcourt, Neil Helyer - Fargro, Vicki Wall - SprayCDA, Paul Dyer of New Place Nurseries and consultants, Susie Holmes and Colin Bloomfield.
The Grow Careers day was enthusiastically supported by the following organisations and businesses; GroSouth, Growtrain, HDC, IPPS , West Sussex Growers Association, IPPS, Fargro, Syngenta Bioline, Roundstone Nurseries, Farplants and Fargro.
Here’s what’s being said about the day
‘I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful opportunity to join the Grow Careers day on Wednesday. I enjoyed the day thoroughly and appreciated the commitment shown by all the guest speakers and the very exciting tour of the Roundstone Production Facility’
Ann Naylor – Hadlow College
'The information from the industry experts and ex-students has given me confidence to network’ Billy Stott – Hadlow College
‘Everything here today has been interesting and food for thought’ Ross Isaacson –Rodbaston College
David Hide from Fargro’s technical team who was instrumental in putting the day together said ‘The continuing success of the day is down to the enthusiasm and quality of the stakeholders, the on-the –day interest and participation of the students and the willingness of the industry experts to come along on the day to spend time with the students. We all know what a great career choice horticulture has been for us and we simply want to support and encourage the next generation of horticulturalists.’
Commenting afterwards Graham Bryant, Chair of West Sussex Growers Association and owner of Growtrain said ‘This was another great event resulting in even better feedback than last year. West Sussex Growers Association believe the work being done by Grow Careers is vital to ensure we encourage the best talent into our sector’