"The event delivered a comprehensive overview of what is available in the rural working environment, signposted entry points and did an excellent job of facilitating networking opportunities.
"I really cannot recommend this event enough and would encourage anyone, veteran, service leaver or even service stayer engaged in long-term resettlement to attend a Ruralink Insight Day.
"Thank you for organising such a great event."
Kirsty McQuade (Ex Regular now Army Reservist)
"Well structured day, informative. Lots of useful insight to people’s personal experience of farming."
"Thanks very much for a really interesting event, great location and lunch too."
Becca left the Royal Navy in mid 2020. moving straight into a management role on a large dairy farm in western Scotland. Hear how she did it in this interview recorded during the Rural Careers Insight Day on 19 November 2020.
"The purpose of networking is to get some-one to like you"
If they like you they will tell their contacts about you ... and that's where the jobs come from.
"I ditched 8 weeks of planned resettlement activity to volunteer my time ... this was the turning point ..."
Ross moved straight into a paid events management role on a rural estate in February 2020 without "necessary" qualifications and turned down another offer. This success was based on the reputation he had built during those 8 weeks of experience ... and he has been leading development work on site since, in spite of Covid-19.
"I took a month off ... didn't do any CVs or anything ... I felt we'd earned the time"
Lewis went on to do some local work experience which led him to reconsider his options completely and is now very happy working outdoors ... he still enjoys plenty of quality time with his family.
Over 60 people registered for this event and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to all the presenters and to all the participants who asked questions and offered top tips to other attendees. It was great to see mutual support even in the artificial environment of the on-line conference.
This session includes:
Welcome, introduction and description of transferable values/qualities from service life to land-based careers.
- Lewis Trelaor MBE, former infantry soldier now Waterways and Access Officer, Broads Authority: "Navigating Resettlement" (from 12 mins)
- Ross Hocking, former Army officer now Head of Events at The Camp Hill Estate: "Towards Land Management" (from 42 mins)
- Hugh Pocock, Cultura Recruitment: "Cattle - Conception to Consumption" (from 1.20 hours)
- Jonty Brunyee, Manager of Farm-ED: "Regenerative Agriculture" (from 1.42 hours)
- Duncan Glen, Landmarc: Land Management (from 2:20 hours)
- Stephen Ensell, GoLandscaping (from 2.46 hours)
- Summary and look forward to afternoon (from 3.00 hours)
This session includes:
- Hosted by Fiona Galbraith of Ruralink. Includes contributions from:
- Clive Blacker, Map of Ag - Digitisation of Farming
- Anna Baker-Cresswell, HighGround - Rural Weeks (from 41 mins) including discussion on small-holdings (from 49 mins)
- Prof Louise Manning, Royal Agricultural University - Rural Business (from 55 mins)
- Jeremy Gibbs, Forces Farming - Introduction to the business (from 1:07 hours)
- Andy Lee, Ruralink - Volunteering to Resettle (Why volunteering should be part of the resettlement journey into a land-based career; also available as a separate video on this channel; from 1.25 hours)
- Summary by Fiona (from 1:35 hours)
Through the event, linked themes emerged emphasising the value of:
In this stand-alone 9 minute video, Andy explains why volunteering can underpin a successful transition into a land-based career and how to find opportunities.
If you are interested in following up on any of his points, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"It opened up the land sector to service leavers"
"I now feel less daunted about hanging up my uniform"
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