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Rural career top of the timetable

FARMING and the countryside as a career choice for young people will be put firmly in the spotlight for teachers and careers advisors at a conference on Thursday, November 8 at Askham Bryan College, York.

The confereence will aim to show that there's far more to a rurally orientated career than driving a tractor or looking after animals. It is organised by the Food, Farming and Rural Network in conjunction with the College, Science City York and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Entitled: "A Future in Food Farming & The Environment, A Career to Consider", it follows last year's successful conference which was attended by more than 100 delegates.

Steve Willis, chair of the Food, Farming and Rural Network said: "There's a misconception that choices for a career in the countryside are quite narrow and of course that's not the case. There's huge choice out there – from working in agricultural research to becoming a vet to developing new food products. There's huge potential for talented young people and by talking to careers advisors and teachers, we want to get that message out there."

Ellie Harrison of BBC TV's Countryfile will launch what will be the third careers event.

Pre registration is required. Lunch is provided. For a free place and for further information contact 01904 772269 or email marketing@askham-bryan.ac.uk