More than 80 young people were able to find out first-hand what studying at Brinsbury College would be like.
Last week, the college hosted a taster day for pupils aged 12-15 from the local area, which gave them the chance to sample the specialist land-based courses.
The purpose of the day was to give the students an idea of what they would learn in their chosen subject, as well as experience a typical day as a Brinsbury College student at the beautiful 540 acre campus.
Taster sessions were run across a variety of courses, including dog grooming, agriculture, equine, blacksmithing, landscape gardening, tree surgery and animal care. The young people soon found themselves getting involved with a variety of jobs, from assisting with calves who were being vaccinated, to grooming horses, cleaning out the homes of rabbits and guinea pigs, and feeding goats, alpacas, donkeys, sheep, ducks, geese and chickens.
The feedback from the young students was fantastic. One student said: “I got to learn about the structure of horses and have more of an insight into the courses that they offer here at Brinsbury.”
Another added: “I was able to have a more in-depth day and it gave me an idea on what a normal day would be like.”
Sally Challis-Manning, Principal at Brinsbury College, explained: “Choosing the right course is really important, which is why our taster days are so valuable – not only do they show potential students what we offer here at Brinsbury, they also inform young people about the wide range of careers in land-based industries.
“They give young people an opportunity to get ‘hands on’ experience in subjects they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to until they start college, so they have an idea of what to expect and if it would suit them.
“And by spending time on campus, with our staff, they can find out more about what college life involves and the career paths that these courses can lead to.
“It was fantastic to see so many pupils come in to experience what we have to offer here at the college and to receive so much positive feedback. We’re looking forward to seeing them back at Brinsbury in the future.”