Newcastle College and York-based Askham Bryan College have announced a ground-breaking partnership which will see the launch of a new range of courses aimed at those with an interest in animals and rural life.
From September 2013, further education courses in animal management, equine and horticulture studies will be available, broadening student choice for rurally focussed education.
With a choice of everything from meerkats to horse care, and woodland management to garden design, the courses mark a new chapter in the progression and development of the two colleges. Newcastle College’s John Marley Centre in Newcastle’s west end will be the primary venue, but there will also be opportunities for study at Askham Bryan's York-based equine centre, farms and animal management centre.
Carole Kitching, Interim Principal, said: ‘’This is a very exciting partnership and one which will bring a fresh perspective and access for students within the region to studies in animal husbandry, horticulture and the rural environment.
‘We have made multi-million pound investments in our facilities and with this additional, specialist offering, we will make a critical contribution to any students in the North East wishing to forge a career in these sectors. Employers will also benefit hugely from this partnership, by being able to access highly trained employees with specific industry expertise’’.
Liz Philip, CEO of Askham Bryan College said: “We have a first class track record of running similar courses at our two campuses – in York and Cumbria – and are delighted to be working with Newcastle College on this new and exciting venture."
“This is a fantastic opportunity for those living in Tyneside and beyond to have access to a suite of courses across a broad range of rural interests, and it’s on their doorstep. Increasing the knowledge base and practical skills of more young people will not only enrich their lives and that of their communities, but will also be good news for employers and the local economy generally,” she added.
Complementing Newcastle College's existing veterinary nursing courses, the new options in animal management cover an extensive range of topics - from planning and monitoring animal feeding through to studying animal behaviour, working with exotics such as Bearded Dragon Lizards and Degus, as well as an introduction to genetics and business management.
Courses in horticulture begin at Level 1 with a hands-on introduction to outdoor learning (suitable for those with few formal qualifications or for those not in training, employment or education), through to Level 2 and Level 3 courses. Here landscape construction, project management, and urban and community forestry are just some of the subjects for study and which re-enforce the existing horticulture courses offered by Newcastle College.
For more information see www.newcastlecollege.co.uk or www.askham-bryan.ac.uk