November 2013

Grow Careers Day at GroSouth receives unanimous thumbs-up

12 students from colleges and workplaces across the SE took part in GroSouth’s inaugural Grow Careers event on 13 November 2013

The objective was to provide the best horticultural students with a tailor-made visit to the premier trade show in the South of England. The day was designed for students seeking a career within production horticulture. The driving force behind the initiative was to seek to develop a pathway into production horticulture and to bridge the gap between education and the world of work

On offer was the Grow Careers Passport which included speed presentations and mentoring from leading industry experts, a tour of the production facilities of Roundstone nurseries , business introductions and a free Grow Careers Goody Bag which contained £50 travel expenses, RHS student membership, crop walkers guides, hand lens and Growtrain voucher.

The initiative brought together some heavy weight stake holders including GroSouth, GrowTrain, HDC, IPPS , West Sussex Growers Association and of course ourselves here at Fargro, all under the one umbrella of Grow Careers

Here’s what’s being said about the day

‘Just wanted to say thank you so much to both you and your colleagues for the amazing opportunity which you have given me and for the brilliants gifts; they are greatly appreciated! Allowing me to be a part of that day, was very interesting and I have benefitted from it so much! It has really allowed me to see, how many more avenues there are for me to pursue and that there is a lot of opportunities out there! ’ Katie Marie Percipal Chichester College (Brinsbury)

‘Really good to hear from people who work in the different areas of horticulture and the different routes they took. Good to see production facilities on a large scale.’ Helen Silver Sissinghurst Garden National Trust studentship

‘It enables me to pinpoint which avenues I wish to take in my career for the future.’ Glenn Lucas Merrist Wood

David Hide from Fargro’s technical team who was instrumental in putting the day together said ‘The success of the day was down to the enthusiasm of the organisers, the quality of the students who took part and the absolute energy and commitment of the Team who made it happen on the day, included in this was the buy- in we obtained from the exhibitors, a big thank you to everyone who took part.’

Commenting afterwards Graham Bryant, Chair of West Sussex Growers Association and owner of Growtrain said ‘ we were very pleased to support and be part of the new GroSouth careers initiative driven by David Hide of Fargro and look forward to using the experiences and feed back to build on for subsequent events. As an industry we need to take responsibility for encouraging futures generations into this sector.’

Read more about Grow Careers.