The Show’s relationship with agricultural college continues in 2016
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are pleased to be continuing their relationship with the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), with students volunteering in many of the Show’s attractions, gaining valuable experience into the agricultural industry.
Last year was the first time the Society partnered with the BCA, where students came along to provide help and support at the Royal County of Berkshire Show. For 2016, approximately 40 students will be volunteering across both days of the show, with students attending from Equine, Animal Management, Agriculture, Public Services, Sport Studies, Media Production, Performing Arts and Foundation Studies, and they will be taking on roles in stewarding in the Livestock and Horse sections, Media Production, and Performing Arts students will be blogging and working with publicity departments across the show. Public Services students will gain experience with the shows security staff, which will provide a real ‘behind the scenes’ insight into running a large county show.
“Last year our students were able to gain some brilliant opportunities across the show on the build-up as well as the 2 days of the show itself” explains Liz Hadden, Assistant Principal at BCA. “BCA is really looking forward to developing our involvement in the show, our students gain valuable real life experience of working with show organisers and working as a team.”
“We are delighted that BCA students will be joining us again at the Royal County of Berkshire Show. We have a fabulous team of volunteers but it is important that we continually bring in ‘new blood’ too and very much hope that these students will want to continue working with us after they’ve finished their courses. It’s also a great opportunity for them to build their networks and get a better insight into the local agricultural scene.” Daren Bowyer, Chief Executive of the Newbury & District Agricultural Society.
The BCAis an agricultural college based in Maidenhead and located on 450 acres of farm land, with residential accommodation. It was formed in 1949 as theBerkshire Institute of Agriculture and was originally built to provide a training centre for agricultural workers, it has expended to offer work with animals and construction.
If you’re interested in a career in agriculture, visit the BCA team in the Show’s brand new Food & Farming Zone. They will also have a fun climbing wall located in the Sports Zone and will be launching their brand new initiative called Centre for Land based Enterprise and Technology (CLET).
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About the Newbury & District Agricultural Society
A not-for-profit organisation, the Newbury & District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 to organise a show to replace the local horse show. Now a registered charity, the society’s key mission is to engage children in the countryside and boosting their appreciation of the vital role of the British Farming industry in food, stewardship of the countryside and everyday life.
The showcase for these aims is through one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country – The Royal County of Berkshire Show, which sees over 60,000 visitors come together to celebrate British agriculture.