Careers Support For Schools

How We Can Help

Our charity, Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, supports schools by providing FREE careers services.

If you believe farming is boring you need to think again! Modern day farming is an exciting global industry using cutting edge technology. Contrary to popular myth wages exceed the National average.

The range of job opportunities is vast and there are jobs available for people of all academic abilities, from GCSE to PHD level. Take a look at our Farming Careers section for details and watch some exciting videos.

You do NOT have to come from a farming background to enter the industry and enjoy a successful career!

Careers Assembly and Lesson

To raise awareness about the many diverse and rewarding opportunities in the modern farming industry, we will visit your school and deliver a ten minute presentation in assembly to a whole year group and/or a classroom lesson. Our assembly and lesson are very popular and free of charge.

Career Assemblies – Our ten minute presentation, contains exciting video clips of robotic machines, drones and GPS technology deployed in the farming industry today and young people explaining about the different jobs they do.

At the start of the assembly we ask for a show of hands to see how many students are considering a career in the farming industry. We are lucky if we have two or three hands in the air!

We ask the students again at the end of our presentation and we have 25% – 30% of the students expressing an interest, including the teachers!

Contact our Education Officer to arrange for us to deliver an assembly at your school.

Careers Lesson – Our Education Officer is a qualified teacher and DBS checked, and will visit your school and deliver an interesting lesson and classroom activity.

The lesson includes a brief talk about our Education Officer’s own career path and work experience. We show students the presentation we give in our assemblies and take a look at the future of modern farming, the variety of job opportunities for all academic abilities and include a Q & A session.

The classroom activity focuses on food security. The world is going to run out of food due to the huge increase in global population, estimated to have reached 7.7 billion people as of 2019. We need to find alternative food sources, one of which is Entomophagy (the eating of insects) . Students are always very  interested in this topic and excited to try our selection of tasty, crunchy bugs!

Contact our Education Officer to arrange for us to deliver a lesson at your school.

Work Experience and Farm Visits

The world of work is a very different place to life in school, college or university. At such a young age it is difficult to know exactly which career path to follow, which is why work experience is so important and valuable.

Our charity can help the students at your school, who are considering a career in the farming industry, by finding suitable work placements and arranging visits to award winning, working farms.

Work Experience – Our charity has contacts with local farmers and agricultural engineering firms in the local area. We can help your school to find work placements for students interested in a career in farming or a related trade. This could be farm labouring, in technology or engineering, food manufacture, or sales and events and many other industry related areas.

Farm Visits – We arrange day trips to award winning local farms. We only select actual working farms with high welfare standards. For Health & Safety reasons, these visits are only suitable for those students with a serious interest in a career in the farming industry. Our Education Officer has CEVAS Accreditation and we can accommodate groups of up to 15 students at a time.

Contact our Education Officer for more information.

Careers Events

We welcome the opportunity to support your school at careers evenings and events.

Careers Evenings – Our charity will support your school at careers evenings with our attractive banner display and video presentation. Our Education Office will be on hand to answer any questions from students and parents.

Careers EXPO – You will find us every year in November at the Future First Careers EXPO at Newark Showground, hosted by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

We have live animals on our exhibition stand, providing a hands on interactive experience! In 2018 we showed sheep and in 2019 we expect to bring chickens and llamas.

Please contact our Education Officer if you would like our charity to attend a careers event at your school.

We Invite You To Partner With Us

Our children and society are becoming more disconnected than ever from the countryside. Time outdoors in daylight has been proven to improve mental health, boost self-esteem, help people with mental health problems return to work, improve physical health, and reduce social isolation.

We hope you will choose to participate in our Education Programme. There is NO financial cost for any of the services we provide. Please contact our Education Officer for further details of how we may be of help to you and your school.

The Office For National Statistics conducted a report Measuring National Well-being: Insights into children’s mental health and well-being, which found mental health issues in young people are on the increase. The report also states children risk delays in their emotional and social development because they spend so much time in the virtual world. 10% of children aged between 5 to 16 years now have a diagnosed mental health problem.

Mind, a mental health charity, recently released Feel Better Outside, Feel Better Inside , a report which included new research from the University of Essex. Their findings show the many benefits of spending just 15 minutes outside with nature every day for mental well being.


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A Community Education Programme for young and old, part of the charitable work of
Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society - founded 1799
Registered Charity No: 514080