RAU awarded grant by The Prince’s Countryside Fund
HRH The Prince of Wales has announced that a further £560,000 would be given in grants from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, with the Royal Agricultural University being awarded £50,000 over three years to develop a programme to encourage young people into agriculture.
This new amount takes the total given by The Prince’s Countryside Fund to £3.3 million since the Fund launched in 2010. It is estimated that 60,000 new entrants are needed in the farming industry in the next decade to ensure its future sustainability, so this funding comes at a crucial time.
To encourage entrants into the industry the Royal Agricultural University’s Rural Skills Centre will help young people in rural communities to find employment by providing training in the range of traditional rural skills, from which they will gain a recognised qualification.
The programme will mainly benefit 30 young local people, not in education, employment or training [NEETs]. It will consist of roughly 60 short, skills-based courses, leading to Lantra Awards certification or RAU Certificates in subjects such as tractor driving, dry stone walling, pesticide certificates and chainsaw certificates.
The young people will be mentored during the three year period and an action plan agreed to ensure they have a clear aim going forward. Of the 30 students successfully completing the Rural Skills programme, the target will be to obtain full employment, but the programme will also encourage enrolments on apprenticeship schemes, more advanced training, work placements and business start-ups.
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The RAU Student Union will also be supporting the Prince’s Countryside Fund in the next academic year, as it has voted for the charity to be an official RAG beneficiary, along with charities Help Medina and the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust.