A vocational training course for 14-21 year olds who have an interest in farming, animals or farm maintenance and who also find school challenging.
It is a City & Guilds Award in Land-based Operations level 1, Future Farmers is a one or two-year training course that provides all the basics for a career in agriculture, horticulture or animal care. How ever the skills are transferable to other careers. The programme is an opportunity to gain an accredited qualification for the hardest to reach young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion from the education system (pre-NEET) due to behavioural, emotional and social difficulties as well as those with special educational needs.
A hands-on programme, Future Farmers is delivered around the seasonal demands of farming life. On a working farm young people build employability skills (teamwork, communication, problem solving and planning) and life skills (healthy living and nutrition) by feeding and caring for livestock, cleaning and maintaining the farm, and tending and harvesting fruits and vegetables. This programme is run from Rylands Farm near Sherborne & Whitfield Dorchester.
We are also able to support ASDAN, AQA, Entry level qualifications, foundation maths, Revision & support for other curriculum subjects.
Laura was 14 when she first came to Future Roots – there had been many difficult incidents at home including at least one sexual assault. Her mum had a chaotic life and Laura wasn’t always able to live at home. She couldn’t live with her father who had a new family. Despite the fact that she was emotional and volatile, excluded from schools and learning centres she was always kind to the animals when she came to us. Laura was diagnosed with Aspergers and she coped with going from into one care home and onto to another and during this Future Roots was her only constant. We gave her a sense of belonging and a place to achieve and do right. She was polite, gentle and committed. We are proud that we now keep in touch with a young woman who has completed her City&Guilds qualification and has aspirations to work with children. We continue to be here to support and encourage her.
Field 2 Fork
Outdoor education and enrichment for 8-21 year olds with complex learning needs.
Structured around one-to-one and small group sessions as well as after school and holiday clubs, this is ideal for young people with more complex needs who require enriching activities and is often used to supplement formal schooling, to encourage greater engagement, and to increasingly gain accredited qualifications (including ASDAN Award programmes, CoPE etc.). This programme is run from Rylands Farm and Whitfield.