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Walford and North Shropshire College Agriculture students visit …

The group from WNSC at Openfield s National Grain Store The grain store A group of Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) Agriculture students recently travelled to Northamptonshire to visit the Kettering grain store of the national grain management company, Openfield. The twenty-four, second-year students, based at the Walford Campus are studying towards their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. The visit started with a presentation by an international Grain Analyst.

This introduced the group to the world grain trade and focused on how it influences price of feed for livestock farmers, as well as grain for arable farmers, and ultimately the consumer. The students met Rob Sanderson, Openfield s National Grain Storage Manager. He explained to them about the company structure; the logistics associated with transporting grain around the country from their eighteen storage facilities, and the further challenges to transporting grain worldwide.

The students also learnt about the grain store s wide-ranging stakeholder and customer base including Weetabix and Warburtons for wheat, and Coors, for barley which is used in lager making. The group then visited the recently built storage facility with its 80,000 tons of stored wheat. The students needed to climb to a platform, 30 metres high, to view the expanse of the storage area.

It was explained to them how the company is on target to build further units on the Greenfield site with a planned capacity reaching 500,000 tons. The students also learnt that with over 25% of the UK on-farm storage facilities reaching the end of their feasible use, central storage is going to become more widely the norm. Mark Sheridan, WNSC Agronomy Lecturer, commented, The visit was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about the grain trade and associated careers.

By the end of the visit they understood how the infrastructure affects the farming industry in the UK and related, local farm businesses. Agriculture student and Student Governor, Greg Trow, added, We were all very interested to learn about grain management. It was particularly fascinating to see the scale of such a large operation.

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South Staffordshire College helps shape Industry training needs …

The most successful college in Staffordshire is hosting a series of Employer Forums to help shape the training needs of local businesses. The forums, to be held across the county and organised by South Staffordshire College, are free of charge and will give local employers from various industries an opportunity to voice their views on current training needs but will also provide insight into the future needs for the industry, with round-the-table discussions between businesses and the College s Workforce Development team. James Whybrow, Director of Workforce Development at South Staffordshire College, says The College ensures that our learners are work ready, increasing their employability and giving them a competitive edge.

The forums will provide a real opportunity for local businesses to give feedback on all aspects of training and skills shortages in the sector, enabling South Staffordshire College to further enhance and shape future courses to continue to fulfil the needs of employers. Designed to develop good working relationships with local businesses and the community, the forums will cover Tourism & Leisure, Retail, Professional, Engineering, Logistics, Care, Land-based and Construction. The forums have been designed to ensure that local businesses have an opportunity to input into the delivery of the courses available at South Staffordshire College who have worked very closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and employers in the region to pull the forums together.

Chris Plant, Area Manager for Chase Chamber said We need to increase the number of young people with skills that will support high growth in the region s key sectors. The forums will enable employers in each sector to gain competitive advantage by developing workforce skills they will have direct input into the delivery of future courses and address the skills shortage. South Staffordshire College would like to thank Chasewater, Middleton Hall and The National Memorial Arboretum who have supported us in providing stunning venues to host the forum , said James Whybrow.

The series of eight forums will take place over a two-week period:- Monday 3 September at Chasewater, Cannock Tourism & Leisure Tuesday 4 September at Middleton Hall, Tamworth Retail Wednesday 5 September at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas Professional Thursday 6 September at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge Engineering Monday 10 September at Middleton Hall, Tamworth Logistics Tuesday 11 September at Chasewater, Cannock Care Wednesday 12 September at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge Land-based Thursday 13 September at Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge Construction If you are unable to attend the discussion for your sector, you can come along to an alternative session to give your views.

To register, contact Ruth Lindsay at South Staffordshire College s Workforce Development team on 01785 710529.

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