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Wynnstay Supports Young Students Entering the Agricultural Industry


Wynnstay has been helping to encourage the agricultural students of the future at a prestigious Awards Ceremony at Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire.


Sarah-Jane Baldwin, Wynnstay's Arable and Sales Specialist for Cheshire, North Shropshire and North Staffordshire, presented the Wynnstay Group Trophy to Harry Fletcher, for being the best student on the College’s Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Arable Group). The three-year Advanced Technical Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A levels and is designed to fully prepare students for a career in the agricultural industry.


Sarah-Jane said she was humbled to see so many dedicated young people who are studying to enter the agricultural industry, including a large number who were not born into farming families themselves.


Sarah-Jane says: “I was impressed by how many students from a wide variety of backgrounds were taking foundation courses - despite being from non-farming backgrounds. “Not everybody is from farming stock but everyone is very keen to learn all aspects of farming. Wynnstay is proud to be a sponsor of the Advanced Technical Extended Diploma and I was thrilled to present the trophy to Harry Fletcher. He has worked very hard and the award was very well deserved.


“It was a suit and tie event and everyone looked very smart, it was a pleasure to attend the awards ceremony. Prior to the awards, Wynnstay’s Arable Trading Manager, Paul Crump and I were pleased to welcome students, including Harry, to our Astley site near Shrewsbury.

“Paul gave them a tour of the Arable site and we gave them a talk about Wynnstay and the practical and strategic advice we offer on all aspects of crop management, including fertiliser planning, crop selection and husbandry, to help improve on-farm profitability.”


One of the country’s most successful independent specialist colleges, Reaseheath College continues to notch up record student enrolments and achievements.

The annual awards ceremony has just celebrated the success of more than 1200 Further Education (FE) students who have achieved specialist technical qualifications and skills this year.


The presentation ceremony was opened by chair of Reaseheath College Board, David Pearson MBE with a report given by principal, Marcus Clinton. VIP guest of honour, Jane Clegg who has been a valued farm secretary at the college for more than three decades, received a standing ovation in recognition of her nurturing nature.

And Lucienne Newell, Student Association acting president, gave the vote of thanks.


Many students are preparing for careers in land-based and related industries in agriculture, animal or equine management or in agricultural engineering. In their final year, students can specialise in dairy production, mechanised arable crop production or beef and sheep production.

Alumni can expect career roles including farm manager, crop agronomist, breeding advisor, commercial sales representative, head herds manager and animal nutritionist.


Picture Caption: Sarah-Jane Baldwin, Wynnstay Arable and Sales Specialist presents the Wynnstay Group Trophy to Harry Fletcher