Riseholme College of Further Education specialises in agriculture, horticulture and animal/equine training and education.
Its programmes, both full-time and work-based, have been developed to meet the demands of the rapidly changing rural economy and focus on practical teaching and learning. Students benefit from the College’s excellent links within industry in gaining real-world experience, whilst on campus they have access to a range of modern learning facilities and accommodation. Last year, Bishop Burton College took over the delivery of Further Education at Riseholme. Bishop Burton College Principal, Jeanette Dawson OBE, emphasises the College’s realistic outlook on preparing students for the working world, saying:
“Practical learning and our close links within land-based industries put students head and shoulders above other candidates when it comes to finding employment.”
Student Ben Wray is currently in his second year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. A keen Young Farmers member, Ben always knew what he wanted to do when he left school, after finishing his GCSE’s, he picked Riseholme when a friend’s recommendation encouraged him to attend an open day.
“Growing up on the family farm, it’s been my childhood dream to become a farmer and one day takeover from my dad. The course at Riseholme has been a perfect fit, I’ve benefitted from the variety of topics covered, my background is in arable farming but we’ve studied livestock management, which will improve my options for the future.”
As part of his course he has gained his crop spraying certificate, an essential requirement in modern farming. Ben is confident that the industry focus of his qualification will improve his long term employability prospects. Ben intends to move into Higher Education when he finishes at Riseholme, before fulfilling his dream of working on the family farm.