I am looking for a career change and was wondering if my experience would be of value to anyone
As you can see from my attached CV, I have a good background working the country side from agriculture to outdoor education young & wish to return this type of work
I am confident that I can bring this level of success with me to the position
With my previous experience and expertise, I believe my contribution will have an immediate impact on any business.
An enthusiastic professional individual with good people management and leadership skills, from working in agriculture to being capable of leading on the delivery of educational sessions with children young people and adults
I am a hard-working individual who strives to achieve the best in all areas, but am also outgoing, friendly with a sense of fun and adventure. Always eager to learn new skills and advance professionally, I am currently seeking to resume a career in countryside employment This is something I sorely miss, this is a field where I have much to offer, and I am keen to build upon my knowledge and continue to learn within this sector. As a self motivated individual, I am keen to follow my dream within this industry.
Wiltshire Council: City & Guilds NVQ3 Youth Work
UWE ( University of West of England }Post Graduate Degree: Music & Arts Methods of Facilitation
City & Guilds NVQ3 Health & Social Care
Warwickshire College of Agriculture: City & Guilds National Diploma in Agriculture
Caludon Castle Grammer School For Boys:
English Lit, English Lang, Maths – ”0” Levels Grade A 1980
History, Religeous Education, Biology, Chemistry. Physics – “0” Levels Grade B 1980
Training and Experience
Animal Husbandry (10+ years)
Microsoft, computer skills (8+ years)
Tai Chi Instructor (15 years)
Music facilitator (14+ years)
Tractor driving / trailer work (14+ years)
Certificates and Courses
All relevant certificates for youth work which can be supplied on request
Level 3 Bush craft and Survival
Early Years foundation course
Health and Safety
Food and Hygiene
Environmental Art Impact and uses in Nature for Schools
Nature Awareness Practitioner
RHS Qualifications (or Equivalent)
Support worker / Personal assistant
Max Preston/Sky News - London
August 2016 to Present
I now work with a producer of Sky News who is wheelchair-bound due to quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
When at his home I am his carer, doing all personal care & household duties. When at Sky News I help him produce the live news show from 3pm till Midnight, specifically concentrating on the paper review shows in the late evening news
Grove Farm Woodland Outdoor Education Centre - Marlborough
February 2009 to June 2016
I conceptualised, set up and managed Grove Farm Woodland Education Centre, mainly working with youth offending teams, Looked After Children & reintegration teams, to get the young offenders back into school, for which I was achieving a 60% success rate. I worked 1:1 with autistic children & teenagers.
I organised volunteer groups, set up projects for schools & youth services and worked closely with local councils and examination boards using AQA unit exams to get the KS3 & KS4 youths points towards their exams .
I then started to run courses offering children and adults the chance to experience forest living and getting back to nature which included learning how to make fires, using bow drills, building shelters, sleeping out and campfire cooking
I also worked with primary schools and had up to 70 youngsters visiting for a day once a week, plus established and incorporated an outdoor nursery, which was used extensively used by The Avenue Nursery group.
Youth Development Officer
Wiltshire Council - Trowbridge
October 2007 to September 2013
Youth development officer, working with the Child Protection Services & running an evening youth club.
Group & expedition leader for Duke of Edinburgh Awards (Bronze & Silver) for Wiltshire .BCA level 4 instructor for Wiltshire youth services
Extreme sports instructor for Youth ServicesArts Award advisor up to Silver award, ASDAN advisor youth also a youth Mentor for youth in two secondary schools in Wiltshire.
M. Noble - Devizes
October 2004 to January 2007
After being made redundant from Shepherd & Sons I travelled the world for a few years and on returning to the UK decided to change my career, so helped my uncle out with milking whilst training to be a youth worker
Tractor driver, Stock man, Assistant Herdsman
R, Shepherd & sons - Guildford
April 1993 to November 2000
All major farm work, tractor work, all calf-rearing & stockman duties and assistant herdsman to two of the three dairy farms on this 500 cow unit which were all block-calved in September / October .
Farm started to experience problems in 1997 due to the Lloyds Insurance scandal (the owner was an underwriter for Lloyds). The final factor that closed the whole unit however was the BSE outbreak.
All made redundant 2000
Townfields Saddlers – Coventry
July 1989 to March 1993
Returned to the UK after breaking both ankles in a carriage accident on Sark. I was on crutches for nearly 5 months then took a position with a travelling saddlers going to all major horse & agricultural shows. I was in charge of stock control & organising staff. Left in 1993 to return to Agriculture
Herdsman / Farm Worker / Carriage Driver
Mr P. Pierre - Sark
August 1984 to January 1989
Herdsman for 80 Guernsey cows in the winter, general farm work & carriage tours in the summer. I broke horses into harness for driving & riding for guests . I undertook all aspects of farm work & stock husbandry. Also included was making our own butter & slaughtering farm animals for provision of meat to the hotel on the island of Little Sark
Experience… 7 years of delivering outdoor learning experiences to disengaged & challenging young people & young people with a broad range of disabilities ,using the AQA Unit Award Scheme which is linked in with the National Curriculum, delivering sessions from one to 1;1sessions up to a group of 70 primary school children. , using Bush craft & Survival techniques, Music, Art, Nature Awareness Exercises & Forestry skills . Through this I worked closely with local councils and examination boards
Knowledge…I have extensive knowledge of the countryside , environment & environmental issues, I have an awareness of Health & safety & I used to write my own risk assessments. I did all my sessions on a computer so I have IT competency
Skills.. Highly motivated & enthusiastic with a flexible approach to work, can work independently or as part of a team , committed to getting the best results for students at a high standard. Like to use new ideas to develop new learning initiatives for schools. I am able to engage & communicate at all levels as I have worked with nursery aged children up to team building sessions for senior managers.
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