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Start Your Legal Career With Our Hands-on Legal Degree

Do you want to graduate in law and pursue a career as a legal professional? The Foundation Degree in Legal Practice at The Sheffield College invites you to study a broad range of legal practices and professions to develop a sound legal understanding. Following this, you will be given practical opportunities to develop specialist skills by putting them into practice during a year-long internship at a law firm.

Here are 5 reasons why this is your hands-on start to your career as a legal professional.

Develop a sound understanding of all aspects of legal practices and professions

The Foundation Degree in Legal Practice at The Sheffield College covers a wide range of legal practices and professions giving you the underpinning knowledge required for a successful career in law. Following this you will be given practical opportunities to develop specialist skills by putting them into practice during an internship at a law firm.

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Designed by employers to equip you with sought after skills

Focussing on getting you a job after graduating, the Foundation Degree in Legal Practice has been designed to equip you with the skills and legal knowledge that are highly sought after by law employers to reflect the changing landscape of law. You will study a range of practice areas as well as developing wider skills in:

  • drafting
  • legal writing
  • advocacy
  • negotiation skills

Become a specialist during a year-long placement at a law firm

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Throughout the second year of the degree, you will spend 1 day a week completing an internship at a law firm in your chosen legal practical area. You will complete the internship alongside your studies by applying the wider legal knowledge you have learnt in the first year of the degree.

Wide range of future opportunities and career options

Upon completing the Foundation Degree in Legal Practice you will have a number of career opportunities available to you. As you look to specialise and hone in on a job role, you can study:

  • One year ‘top-up’ course to a full BA Hons degree
  • Level 6 CILEx qualification in Law & Practice (equivalent to an honours degree and the final stage of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer)
  • Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship
  • Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship

Taught by specialists

Highly qualified, hugely experienced and well respected within the industry, all of our course tutors have extensive experience practising within the legal industry and as teachers of law.

Our tutors have worked in a vast array of roles across the legal professions providing you with a specialised insight into the knowledge and skills you will require – and be equipped with – prior to starting your career. We have specialist tutors from several practice areas including crime, civil law and litigation, employment law, commercial and family law.

Not only do they bring a wealth of experience but they also utilise their employer contacts as practising lawyers, which include solicitors, barristers, chartered legal executives and judges, who are invited in to The Sheffield College to deliver masterclasses.

To view more in-depth information about the course, please click here, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or call 0114 260 2600

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What to do if you missed the UCAS deadline

The UCAS deadline for applying to study university level courses from September 2018 passed at 6pm on the 15th January 2018.

Whilst many submitted their applications to UCAS before the deadline, just as many will have missed out for numerous reasons, from a lack of organisation to a change in circumstance.

So, what can you do now?

Submit a late application.

Apply. Yes, take a sigh of relief and compose yourself. Unlike other passing deadlines, this does not signal the end of your university dreams for this coming September.

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The good news is that you can still submit your applications to UCAS after 6pm on 15th January and they will be processed.

Invariably, here at The Sheffield College, we accept applications via UCAS to our University Level courses until 30th June 2018 but for many universities there are no guarantees that the application will be looked at and considered (especially if it’s a competitive course!).

Click here to view The Sheffield College’s University Level courses

Apply through Clearing.

If you’re even later than the 30th of June 2018 in submitting your application, you will need to apply through the UCAS Clearing process which runs from July to 20th September.

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Whilst you may already know that Clearing is mainly used by applicants who don’t acquire a place at university on exams day, it is also a route in for those who missed application deadlines.

To view our current University Level Course Guide, please click here

If you already have the entry requirements for course vacancies that appear in the Clearing process, you can apply as soon as the process opens. If you are awaiting your exams results, you will not be able to apply to a vacancy until the day of the exam results.

Apply through UCAS Extra.

If you submitted an application before the deadline but you haven’t received any offers or have decided to reject those you did receive, you will be able to apply for other courses through UCAS Extra between 25th February 218 and 4th July 2018. UCAS Extra will appear when you sign into your UCAS account.

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Again, you will be able to apply to The Sheffield College’s University Level course vacancies during this process.

Contact us.

If you have any concerns or queries about our University Level courses that we still have vacancies for or the application process, please get in touch with us by:

Ring: 0114 260 2600

Email: heunit@sheffcol.ac.uk

Visit: http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses/university-level

Treat Your Pets This Christmas!

Everyone likes to be spoiled a bit at Christmas, and pets are no exception! Our animal care students have picked their top 5 gifts for your furry friends!

Cat Play Tunnel – £9.99

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This tri-tunnelled maze will keep your cat entertained for ages – and it’s even got built in toys for additional stimulation. Great for indoor cats and those who don’t want to get their paws cold outside in the wintery weather. Plus it collapses down so it’s easy to stash away when not in use.

Santa Claus Cruncher Dog Toy – £7.99

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If you’ve got a dog who loves to sink their teeth into their toys then they’ll love this cruncher reindeer toy. The decorative sleeve covers a plastic water bottle, so once they’ve worn out the original bottle you can easily replace it with another. Extra points for the Christmassy design too!

Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter – £4.99

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If you’ve ever noticed that your own hands get dry and cracked when the weather is cold then spare a though for your canine friend! This natural oatmeal butter (made of shea butter, oatmeal, mango, vitamins E and F, jojoba, coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe vera) helps sooth dry, cracked paws from cold weather, and it even works on noses too.

Hamster Hammock and Play-bridge – £7.50

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Perfect for hamsters, gerbils or mice, this hammock and play-bridge will give your pet something to play on and snuggle up in at the end of a hard day climbing their rope ladder and suspension bridge!

Horse Christmas Hat – £11.50

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If there are horses in your life, wish them a mare-y Christmas (*terrible pun klaxon*) with this Santa hat that’s specially cut to fit over their ears. If you’re so inclined, they also make hats designed to fit over a riding helmet so you can canter into Christmas in style together.

Find out more about the animal care courses that we have at The Sheffield College by clicking here.

The Best Of All The Christmas Getaway Destinations!

If you’re tempted by the idea of going away for Christmas but can’t decide where to go, our Travel, Tourism and Aviation students have put their heads together and come up with their top 5 Christmas holiday destinations for 2017!

New York City – USA

If Christmas is your favourite festive period then where could be better to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than in New York City?

They’ve got giant Christmas trees and incredible displays at the Rockerfeller Center, ice-skating in Central Park, incredible Broadway shows and some of the best food around!

Even better, NYC is renowned for shopping so you can get some killer gifts for your nearest and dearest. Think toys from FAO Schwartz, jewellery from Tiffany’s and clothes from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

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Cape Verde

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Part of a little cluster of islands not far off the West coast of Africa, Cape Verde is one of your best bets for some winter sun, with temperatures averaging around mid-20s during our European winter!

The perfect choice if your idea of the perfect Christmas break is lying under an umbrella and opening your Christmas stocking on a sun-lounger, rather than your Nan’s sofa!

Florida – USA

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The nickname says it all – the “Sunshine State” is a real sunspot for most of the year, perfect for banishing the winter blues!

If you’re feeling particularly festive you could always throw in a trip to Disneyland too, nobody puts on a Christmas spread quite like Mickey Mouse and just seeing the park decked up to the max in baubles and lights is a once in a lifetime experience!

Prague – Czech Republic

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Stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture? Check! Traditional Christmas markets in Old Town Square? Check! Beer and all the smoked sausage and cheese you can eat? Check!

Prague is a fantastic city at any time of year, but this popular European city around the Christmas period will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time with its traditional markets and winding cobbled streets.

Plus as an up and coming holiday destination you can often grab last minute flights for under £100, the perfect excuse for a Christmas getaway!

Castleton – England

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Not even 20 miles from Sheffield, you’ve probably been to one of Castleton’s tea rooms with your mum and dad before! However there’s something quintessentially British about the tiny stone village and, with the lights and decorations they put up in December, it looks like a Christmas card.

You can find many a cosy pub to enjoy a drink and a mince pie in and, of course, you’re ideally located for a walk in the countryside. Or for a real festive treat, try the Carolling by Candlelight inside the Blue John Cavern!

If you would like to find out more about our Aviation, Tourism and Events courses, please click here.

Which Christmas Market Should You Visit This Year?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Winter in Europe is a wonderful time to visit the most beautiful Christmas markets. If you are looking for Christmas presents and enjoy the smell of a Christmas tree, or the sound of Christmas carols and the overall festive feel, then dive into this list of the best Christmas markets in Europe along with the best destinations for perfect Christmas holidays for you, your family and friends.

Discover the most beautiful Christmas markets such as:

  • The German Christmas markets in Aachen, Cologne, Dresden, Leipzig and Nuremberg
  • The magic of Christmas in the United Kingdom with the Christmas markets in London and Manchester.
  • You also have the choice with a selection of the most beautiful Christmas markets in France, with Strasbourg and Lille as well as Belgium, Spain and Switzerland.

Depending on how Christmas mad you are and if you love to travel, or even if you are just intrigued and enjoy reading about the most wonderful time of year online and want to make plans for the future, you can find out information about all of these destinations online with just quick search on the internet.

Although, travelling at this time of year to different countries may come at a cost it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Christmas markets in the UK.

Why not visit:

  • Manchester

Open until December 20th

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The world-famous markets – brought to you by Manchester City Council – will feature nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites, transforming the city centre in to a festive wonderland.

Regularly named one of Europe’s best Christmas Market attractions, nine million people visited in 2014.

  • York

Open until December 22nd

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The St Nicholas Fair in York has traditional chalets and offers a huge variety of gifts from locally produced wine to crafts made around Yorkshire to give to someone special. Located along Parliament Street, St. Sampson’s Square and Coppergate, it’s also a stone’s throw from the non-festive Shambles Market with its equally diverse stallholders.

  • Leeds

Open until December 18th

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Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre. The market consists of over 40 wooden chalet stalls from authentic German traders providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone including; handcrafted toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and festive decorations, speciality foods and traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, goulash, soups, schnitzels, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits.

  • Birmingham

Open until December 24th

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The Frankfurt Christmas Market in the city is the largest German market away from its homeland. In comparison to its UK counterparts, it’s an old hand and is celebrating its quinquagenary this year. Expect mistletoe and gluhwein amongst its 200 or so stalls.

Fancy the opportunity to travel the Christmas Markets of the world? Why not check out our Aviation courses and you could be working on those planes that get your there! Click here for more… 

5 Films & Games You Didn’t Know Were Made by NextGen Contributors

Nowadays, incredibly detailed and realistic visual effects and CGI are commonplace in films, video games and even on TV, but have you ever stopped to wonder who is actually behind these stunning effects?

Let us introduce you to some of the biggest and best VFX companies in the business!

Company: Framestore

You might have seen their work in… Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is one of the highest grossing films of 2017, raking in $146,510,104 on its opening weekend. As it’s an action film set in outer space, it figures that VFX features heavily throughout.

The team from visual effects company, Framestore, were responsible for creating the look and animation of Rocket (the wise-cracking raccoon) and his sidekick, Baby Groot, as well as leading on the creation of “the best opening sequence in the world” (or so it said in the script!).

You can read more about exactly what Framestore got up to on this blockbuster here.

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Company: The Imaginarium Studios

You might have seen their work in… Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier

Due for release in just a couple of weeks, Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is a cinematic adventure game of conquest, betrayal and survival. Players will drive the fortunes of an ape troop and band of human survivors as their two paths cross.

The Imaginarium Studios is a UK-based production company founded by actor Andy Serkis (you might know him as Smeagol/Gollum from Lord of the Rings!), who specialise in using Performance Capture technology to create believable and emotionally engaging characters. As a result, the visual effects in this game give the ape characters an incredibly lifelike quality that makes the game all that more realistic!

Get a sneaky preview of the game here.

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Company: Blue Zoo

You might have seen their work in… LEGO Batman

Ok, ok, you got us, this one technically isn’t a film! Animation specialists Blue Zoo worked on a series of animated commercials for Cartoon Network to promote the LEGO Batman film.

They specialise in animation and do a lot of work in kids TV. They also have a commercial arm, so if you’ve seen the recent TV ad for Just Eat, you’ve seen their animation expertise at work!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg though, find out more about Blue Zoo here.

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Company: Centroid Motion Capture

You might have seen their work in… Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Based at Pinewood Studios, Centroid are experts in motion capture – the art of recording a real life actor or object in motion, and then transposing that into a digital format.

Centroid have had a hand in a list of projects as long as your arm, but one that stands out is helping to capture the movements for the various stunts and physical movement in the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

There’s more to Centroid’s work than mermaid tails and pirate ships though, check out their portfolio here.

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Company: Double Negative

You might have seen their work in… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Double Negative is one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects, with branches in London, Mumbai and Vancouver.

The company has worked on some huge films (The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, Inception, to name a few!) and have won a host of awards for their work, including Academy Awards. They even won a BAFTA for their input on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, so it makes sense that they were approached to work on the HP spin-off, which relies heavily on visual effects to bring the wizarding world and its fantastic beasts to life.

You can check out their showreel here.

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Fancy working for one of these companies one day? All of the companies listed here have fed into the content for our NextGen Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills – find out more here.

We answer all your questions about graduation at The Sheffield College!

On Friday (27th), we’ll be back at Sheffield Cathedral to celebrate the hard work of our graduating university level students. The hard work has paid off, degrees are in the bag and now it’s all about them. It’s their day and we’re doing it in style – you can follow the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts!

If you didn’t know that The Sheffield College offer university level courses before, you definitely do now! Graduation at Sheffield Cathedral, smaller class sizes and less debt when you do graduate; what’s not to like? Click here to find out more…

So that the day passes without a hitch, here’s the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received.

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  1. What time do I need to arrive for Graduation?

Graduands and guests can arrive to collect their robes between 11:15am and 12:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 11:15 as you won’t be able to collect your gown and may end up waiting around!

  1. What time can my guests start to arrive?

Your guests can arrive at the Cathedral with you, any time after 11:15am. You’ll need to be seated and ready to graduate by 1:45pm, and your guests should be in place by 2pm.

  1. Where do I collect my cap and gown from?

Ede & Ravenscroft will have a robing area set up within the Cathedral.  There will be members of college staff (wearing orange lanyards) and helpers on hand to show you where to go.

  1. Can I leave the Cathedral in my robes before the ceremony?

Absolutely! You’re welcome to leave the Cathedral wearing your cap and gown for lunch or photo opportunities (keep an eye out for our Graduation Snapchat filter!), just make sure you’re back at the Cathedral by 1pm so you’ve got time to get seated before the ceremony starts.

  1. Will there be time to eat lunch beforehand and where can I eat?

You should have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before the ceremony. The Cathedral has a café on site or there’s plenty of places nearby (Blue Moon Café/Wig & Pen/Café Piazza) where you can get a coffee or lunch before the graduation starts.

  1. Can I bring additional guests I didn’t plan for?

Capacity at the Cathedral is limited so unfortunately any guests without a ticket won’t be able to enter the Cathedral for the ceremony, but there will be loads of opportunities for photos and celebrations with all your guest before the ceremony.

  1. Will I be seated with my guests?

No – all of the Graduands sit together in their course groups (you’ll be shown to your seat by a member of college staff!) whilst your guests will sit behind the Graduands  with a great view of you crossing the stage!

  1. Is there disabled access?

The Cathedral is an accessible building, however if you or your guests have any specific access requirements that you haven’t already made us aware of, let us know as soon as possible.

  1. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?

Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Once you’re seated, a member of College staff will guide you up to the side of the stage in your course group (along with your course tutor), and from there you’ll be called up individually to be congratulated and receive your scroll.

  1. When will I receive my certificate?

It’s a little known fact that the scroll you receive on stage, and pose with for your photos, isn’t actually your official certificate! It’s just a prop representing your ‘graduate papers’, your full transcript and certificate will be sent out separately through the post.

Good luck, have a great day and be sure to keep up to date with our social media content on the day!

If you’re thinking of studying a university course, like the idea of graduating at Sheffield Cathedral and less debt than if you studied at university, you can check out our degree courses by clicking here! 

We answer all your questions about graduation at The Sheffield College!

On Friday (27th), we’ll be back at Sheffield Cathedral to celebrate the hard work of our graduating university level students. The hard work has paid off, degrees are in the bag and now it’s all about them. It’s their day and we’re doing it in style – you can follow the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts!

So that the day passes without a hitch, here’s the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions you’ve been asking.

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  1. What time do I need to arrive for Graduation?

Graduands and guests can arrive to collect their robes between 11:15am and 12:30pm. Please don’t arrive before 11:15 as you won’t be able to collect your gown and may end up waiting around!

  1. What time can my guests start to arrive?

Your guests can arrive at the Cathedral with you, any time after 11:15am. You’ll need to be seated and ready to graduate by 1:45pm, and your guests should be in place by 2pm.

  1. Where do I collect my cap and gown from?

Ede & Ravenscroft will have a robing area set up within the Cathedral.  There will be members of college staff (wearing orange lanyards) and helpers on hand to show you where to go.

  1. Can I leave the Cathedral in my robes before the ceremony?

Absolutely! You’re welcome to leave the Cathedral wearing your cap and gown for lunch or photo opportunities (keep an eye out for our Graduation Snapchat filter!), just make sure you’re back at the Cathedral by 1pm so you’ve got time to get seated before the ceremony starts.

  1. Will there be time to eat lunch beforehand and where can I eat?

You should have plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before the ceremony. The Cathedral has a café on site or there’s plenty of places nearby (Blue Moon Café/Wig & Pen/Café Piazza) where you can get a coffee or lunch before the graduation starts.

  1. Can I bring additional guests I didn’t plan for?

Capacity at the Cathedral is limited so unfortunately any guests without a ticket won’t be able to enter the Cathedral for the ceremony, but there will be loads of opportunities for photos and celebrations with all your guest before the ceremony.

  1. Will I be seated with my guests?

No – all of the Graduands sit together in their course groups (you’ll be shown to your seat by a member of college staff!) whilst your guests will sit behind the Graduands  with a great view of you crossing the stage!

  1. Is there disabled access?

The Cathedral is an accessible building, however if you or your guests have any specific access requirements that you haven’t already made us aware of, let us know as soon as possible.

  1. How will I know what to do during the ceremony?

Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Once you’re seated, a member of College staff will guide you up to the side of the stage in your course group (along with your course tutor), and from there you’ll be called up individually to be congratulated and receive your scroll.

  1. When will I receive my certificate?

It’s a little known fact that the scroll you receive on stage, and pose with for your photos, isn’t actually your official certificate! It’s just a prop representing your ‘graduate papers’, your full transcript and certificate will be sent out separately through the post.

Most importantly, though, be sure to have a top day. We’ll be there to take loads of photos and cover the day on our social media channels. Get following to keep up to date!

Apprenticeships: The Facts!

Different methods of learning suit different people. That’s not to say one route is better than the other, they’re just different.

Apprenticeships have previously suffered misconceptions that they are only in certain vocational and manual industries. That’s certainly not the case as the government has supported growth and an increase in quality of Apprenticeships to reach their aim of 3 million new Apprentices by 2020.

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The amount of people doing an Apprenticeship currently stands at record levels with around 900,000 currently being funded. Simply put, there have never been more Apprentices across the country and in Sheffield helping to drive the economy whilst gaining skills, experience and earning a wage.

Who can blame them, though, with the impact they are having and the benefits they bring:

  • The Sheffield College usually has around 120 live vacancies at any one time, with 25 to 30 new vacancies added each month across more than 15 different sectors
  • Over 90% of Apprentices currently progress into work or further training
  • 89% of Apprentices are satisfied with their Apprenticeship; 97% of Apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 92% of Apprentices said their career prospects had improved
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) Apprentices were satisfied with their Apprenticeship overall. Nearly three quarters of those (72%) were very satisfied
  • 71% of Apprentices stay with the same employer after completing their qualification.
  • On average, individuals who have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications
  • Higher Apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with level 3 vocational qualifications
  • More than 2,600 employers were involved in the design of the new Apprenticeship standards. This means that they are now more geared to equipping the Apprentice with the exact skills needed to make it in their chosen industry

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With Apprenticeships in 15 different sectors at The Sheffield College (and not just the traditional sectors) and nearly 100 different frameworks/standards for job titles, there genuinely has never been a better time to start your career as an Apprentice!

Think an Apprenticeship might be for you?

Check out our current live vacancies by clicking here or alternatively get in touch with our Apprenticeship recruitment team, Job Connect, by emailing jobconnect@sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 for more information today!

Why choose to work in farming?

We love Whirlow Hall Farm at The Sheffield College, so maybe it should come as no surprise to you that we’ve decided to put on a course in partnership with them.

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to you either that we’re tapping into their expertise running an Agriculture course where, as part of your training, you get to spend a day a week putting your new skills into practise down on the farm!

Click here to view The Sheffield College’s Agriculture courses.

This article below from the BBC gives you some pretty solid reasons as to why life down on the farm might just be for you! 

1) YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM SCHOOL SUBJECTS

WILL: When I left school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wanted to break away from any subject that was related to school so I went to agricultural college.

I fancied myself being a property developer so after college I went to do an HND in property and surveying. But being at university was a culture shock and I dropped out after a year. I then became a trainee salesman with a tractor manufacturer but really struggled with that.

I wanted to do something different other than farming but after trying various things and not really settling I thought “maybe I’ll have a go at farming and see how I get on with that”. It was the one thing I tried that I thought “actually this is something I could be good at”.

EMILIE: I’ve always been interested in animals. After school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew it was along the lines of working with animals. I’m from Gloucestershire and I did my A-Levels at Hartpury College which also runs agricultural courses. While I was there I worked on the college’s farm and at its vet practice. I thought about studying zoology.

2) YOU WANT TO SEE THE WORLD

EMILIE: Every country farms, everyone needs to eat. Agriculture can take you anywhere and everywhere. You can explore the world and through agriculture you can learn more about places because farming is a way of life.

I’m not from a farming background at all. I got the bug for it from doing it in New Zealand in my gap year. I did WWOOF-ing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) on four different farms, one of which was a dairy farm. When I came home I went back to Hartpury College and did a foundation degree in agricultural business management.

In 2015 my fiancé James Wilson worked for a big seed production company in Canada for a season which he really enjoyed. I was working on a Cotswold outdoor organic pig farm and James was a self-employed contractor but in April 2016 we decided to move to Canada.

I am a bit of a free spirit, I like to go to different places. We both miss our family but from what we have achieved in a year here, I think we’ve done really well for ourselves. We were doing well in the UK but we wanted that extra step of the possibility of us having our own farm.

3) YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN AN OFFICE (and you don’t want to wear a suit!)

EMILIE: I didn’t think it was enjoyable to get up at 04:00, but it is! When you are up that early to milk the cows you see the sunrises, you see the wildlife. You feel in touch with your surroundings. And you can go back to bed at 08:00!

WILL: At harvest it can be lovely sunny weather and you are at work in shorts and a t-shirt. You can’t beat those moments when the sun starts to go down, the wind drops and the dust coming off the combine sits across the field like mist. It’s sort of like a ghost. It’s magical.

4) YOU LIKE TO KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN

WILL: Being a farmer is a lot more varied work than I think people imagine. Every day is different and you take the rubbish jobs with the good jobs. Sometimes I am sweeping the floor or unblocking a drain but I also get to drive a combine harvester and make things that I need out of what I can find and a bit of welding, which is really satisfying.

It is so easy to get a degree nowadays and once you have one you probably want to aim for an office job or a supervisory role. The trouble with agriculture is you have to start from the bottom.

EMILIE: Agriculture is such a vast industry you can do anything within it. I’ve gone from looking after pigs in the Cotswolds to managing people’s accounts for their farms in Canada. I don’t think there is another industry that gives you so much choice.

When James left college he started his own business fixing agricultural machinery but that didn’t work out so he became a self-employed contractor. He is now managing a 13,000-acre arable farm in Canada.

The farmers here are not as up-to-date on integrated technology as in the UK. James has implemented technology for yield mapping and building a database of the condition of the fields. They have bought iPads for the tractors. His employer is impressed with the knowledge he has brought from the UK.

With technology progressing in agriculture, young people who are tech-savvy can really contribute to farms and make them excel.

5) YOU WANT TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH

WILL: In farming there’s no really right or wrong way of doing things, even though all farmers are trying to achieve the same thing. We’re all weighing up risks and making decisions. For example, when you need to spray a field, you’re deciding when to do it, considering lots of factors but at some point you have bite the bullet and go off and do it.

Getting away from your comfort zone challenges you and makes you look inside yourself and ask yourself what you really want to do.
Emilie Rowe

When you are making decisions about your farm, there is no one there to criticise you or tell you what to do. Every decision can have a big impact on the business. It is not easy and you don’t know if it’s going to work or not. You are doing it entirely yourself and off your own back. And when something does go wrong there is no one to tell you off except yourself! But even if it doesn’t work you have learned from it. That’s how you learn in this job. Not by reading but by actually doing.

EMILIE: The main problem for young farmers is money. Our goal is to own land and farm it ourselves but with the price of land in the UK we couldn’t afford to do it. We were renting and there were lots of other costs which meant we couldn’t save to buy something ourselves.

I loved my job with the pigs but we wanted to see if we could get a bit further. The prospects in Canada are much greater in terms of the price of land. And out here they do specific young farmers loans, which I never came across in the UK.

There are so many more opportunities for young farmers to get really good specialist degrees and get good jobs but we want to do it for ourselves and not being born into farm-owning families it makes it harder for us.

If we really tried we could have made it work in the UK but it is a bit easier here in Canada. Not to say we wouldn’t ever go back and farm in the UK. But right now we would have to work for other people and we really want to set up our own farm.

6) YOU WANT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF YOUR WORK

WILL: For years and years I have been fanatical about harvest, ever since I was a toddler. It has always been a highlight of my year. I understood you have to put in a lot of hard work before you can combine your field of wheat. That excited me – the challenge of having to do all the things to get a field of wheat.

Emilie’s fiancé James Wilson manages a 13,000-acre farm in Canada

Harvest is the pay-off. Throughout the whole year you are quietly working away and then harvest comes. It gets everybody out to do their bit. You have got this contraption which sits in the shed, the combine-harvester, and you finally get to use it.

You don’t go into farming to make money. It was the lifestyle that drew me to farming. You have got this responsibility of being a caretaker. It is your job to look after the farm so that one day when you hand it over you are passing on a viable business.

You do get a lot of knocks in this job and sometimes you think “why the hell am I doing this?” Margins are tighter, the cost of fuel… There is no such thing as a satisfied farmer but no one is forcing us to do it and we all carry on doing it – it’s our way of life.

EMILIE: We love our animals – they are part of the family, every farmer will say they love their animals. You get up to check that all of them are OK. You see calves being born and you give that animal care for the whole of its life. It is really satisfying. It is a positive job.

There’s always hardship and things that are challenging like injuries and disease. But when you can stand in a field and look at your herd of cows and you can see you’re doing a good job – it feels great. You take pride in what you do.

 

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