The Rural List was launched in February 2019 as a face-to-face networking event in Cirencester. Covid-19 forced it online where attendance rocketed. In both formats it has met monthly, except in August and December, welcoming a guest speaker to
INSPIRE AND INFORM.
Catch up by browsing the summaries below ...
An online workshop tailored to the needs of the attendees.
- a general presentation covering general points on planning and executing a successful resettlement,
- overview of career opportunities and GatewayJobs,
- how to get experience and whether or not qualifications are necessary.
A very informal drink in the beautiful Tithe Barn in Cirencester. A chance to reconnect and meet fellow career changers. Fiona was hand to provide advice and support on an individual basis.
Running your own Business - Sacha Macey - May 2021
Sacha is the proud owner of YurtsforLife, employing 16 skilled craftspeople to manufacture and export world-class yachts.
It's been a long road from REME Captain to Devon-based entrepreneur and she's learnt alot along the way. So it was fantastic that she was able to join us on 13 May to give a really open and honest insight into her personal journey and what it takes to buy, run and grow a successful business.
Ellie Deane (Postgraduate Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer) from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) gave us a great perspective on postgraduate education, especially what the RAU can offer military resettlers as it actively seeks to increase the number of resettling personnel using the university as a stepping-stone to agri-business careers.
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for 175 years. The University, which is based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, prides itself on its links with industry and all courses are designed to meet the demands of the employment market for land-based expertise, both in the UK and worldwide.
The RAU is an approved ELCAS learning provider, offering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering subjects such as business, agriculture, equine and real estate, which may be of interest to service leavers. Ellie is happy to her direct from personnel interested in RAU courses: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small group session in which we discussed:
- why work experience is important in a resettlement campaign
- tips for persuading your military CoC to let you have the time
- how to find work experience
- using the CWA scheme
- an introduction to the work experience opportunities currently available through Ruralink.
THE RURAL LIST CELEBRATES TWO YEARS!!
Seven intrepid souls dialled in to share a virtual beer and discuss their personal experiences and stages in their resettlement journey. Fiona provided advice gleaned from two years of working with nearly 200 resettling personnel many of whom are now working successfully in the land-based sector, and signposted several follow-on opportunities for further advice, courses, work experience and qualifications.
A really uplifting mutually-supporting session in the best traditions of the Rural List. Thanks to all participants.
David has had a fascinating career in food and nutrition and is currently developing new ideas in sustainable and localised food production. He suffered the amputation of his leg following a motorcycle accident and was very open about the impact that life experience has had on his professional pursuits.
His talk is full of inspiring ideas for aspiring food entrepreneurs and sparked a fantastic Q&A session.
Thank you for such an open and fascinating presentation. Watch (or listen) back here.
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