The local community and interested students were invited to Writtle College this week to ‘Have a Go’ at a new skill. Free taster sessions in animal studies, floristry, horticulture and countryside skills were hosted for around 30 people. The ‘Have a Go’ day closely coincides with National Apprenticeship Week - Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2012 – and highlighted some of the skills apprentices would gain through studying at Writtle College.
The ‘have a go’ interactive sessions included willow weaving, planting pots, animal handling and making floral button holes. The day enabled Writtle College to contribute to the WorldSkills London 2011 Have a Go campaign, which is all about encouraging people to get involved and try a new skill, trade or profession.
Julie Harmer attended the animal studies session with her daughter, Kira Harmer, and she said: “Kira is interested in starting a course at Writtle College this year. She decided to come today to have a trial session with the animal handling and to generally find out a little more about which course she could study and what might be involved.”
Many attendees came to the day with the thought in mind to apply for a course at Writtle College. The ‘have a go’ day acted as an ideal taster session ahead of making an application and was timely in terms of apprenticeship week coming the following week, where all thoughts will now turn to the area of study.
Writtle offers a full portfolio of courses at Further Education Level and includes apprenticeships in animal studies, equine, gardening and landscaping, sports turf and vet nursing. Please visit www.writtle.ac.uk/Apprenticeships to find out more.
Have a go
Have a Go is a unique project which promotes the importance of skills, and the impact they have on our lives, by offering bite sized skill tasters around the UK. The Have a Go campaign is part of WorldSkills London 2011 (part of the world’s greatest skills Competition) which is partly funded by the European Social Fund designed to ignite visitors’ passion for learning and introduce them to skills they may never have considered as possible career options. The aim over the year (February 2011 – February 2012) is to create one million opportunities for people, around the UK, to ‘Have a Go’ at a new skill.
Pictured - Horticulture lecturer Deb Hart showing Dan Stephenson how to pot plants.