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[Explorer Course in Land. What next?] Chris Jones: Hi, my name is Chris Jones. I’m
a sector manager for land-based subjects for BTECs and apprenticeships. Just to tell you
a bit about myself, I have over 30 years’ experience starting in practical work on mixed
farms, and progressing with my qualifications and experience and becoming a college director,
governor and trustee of academy school and holding many leading roles within the local
and national government initiatives. This video is designed for those of you who might
be interested in a future career in this sector, but aren’t sure what’s involved – like I was.
The land-based sector covers a wide range of industries. We have qualifications in the
following areas. [Land Specialisms] Agriculture; animal care; blacksmithing; countryside management;
equine – working with horses; forestry and arboriculture; fish farming; floristry; horticulture
and land-based technology. The UK’s land-based industries are varied, but mainly focus on
the production of food; the stewardship of our beautiful countryside; the management
of sustainable natural products such as woodlands, rivers and natural habitats; also maintaining
the health and care of animals, whether this is farm animals, pets or working animals such
as sheepdogs and racing horses, to name but a few. Then the ancillary services, which
supports all of these areas such as blacksmithing and land-based technology as an example. Finally
the social and sporting aspects of such areas as horticulture and floristry. Working within
this wide and varied industry can be seen as an exciting vocation rather than a job,
as much of the rewards and benefits come within the overall experience. For example growing
food for the world population to eat or caring for animals that need your help, or developing
a sustainable future for the next generation, or supporting field sports such as football.
The land-based industry is challenging, interesting and very rewarding and can be seen as the
industry that supports all others. Although there are a number of office-based jobs within
the industry, the majority are working outside, gaining hands-on experience. You’ll have to
use your own initiative and apply your skills and knowledge to a mix of applications and
varied situations. No day is the same. Whatever industry within the land-based sector you
choose to work in, Pearson can support you through their full range of BTEC and apprenticeship
qualifications. You can start your education at introductory-level role, which will enable
you to complete a mix of general work experience, working your way to a specialist operator.
After a few years of training you can develop a specialism, taking on responsible role as
section or departmental managers where you could be responsible for a small team of people
and valuable resources. The more you continuously upskill, the more opportunities will arise.
Staying up to date with the latest innovations is key to staying employable and progressing
up the ladder. As you gain responsibility and climb the career and promotional ladder
there will be a need to gain management skills and knowledge. So Pearson can again support
you through their offer of a number of full and part-time higher national qualifications
and higher-level apprenticeships. Here you’re learning how management subjects such as finance,
marketing, human resources, strategic management et cetera can advance you in becoming a business
director or a chief operating executive. At this level you make significant decisions
about what the business does and does not do in this future overall direction. Once
you’ve developed a foundation of knowledge at Levels 1 or 2, depending on your level,
you can – you are ready to take the next steps. You have a choice between choosing a BTEC
or an apprenticeship. Both have significant advantages and you’ll need to decide which
best option for – is for you. If you decide to choose the BTEC route you’ll be developing
a broad foundation across a number of different disciplines within each sector: [Land BTEC]
within agriculture you can learn about livestock and crop production or mechanisation. Within
animal care you can learn about grooming techniques; breeding; nutrition and accommodation, all
in a safe learning environment where you can take your time and build your knowledge and
skills. However your work experience exposure will be limited. On the other hand, you can
choose an apprenticeship. [Land Apprenticeships] There are a number of apprenticeships available
at Levels 2 or 3. You can choose to become a livestock farmer; a blacksmith or a landscape
gardener, for example. The progression routes continue to Level 4 and 5 higher apprenticeships.
They’re often seamless and you can develop invaluable work experience by working on the
job. Don’t forget you’ll be earning a wage at the same time. Due to recent changes in
law, organisations are now building on new initiatives to take on more and more apprenticeships
every year, but competition will be fierce. You’ll also have to choose a specialism fairly
earlier on in your career. You might not know what you really are passionate about at this
stage. But if you know what you want to do, you’re lucky enough to get selected by an
employer, an apprenticeship can be the perfect start to your land-based career.
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