Students at Bill Quay Farm Gateshead

Bill Quay Farm Launches Course Taster Days

The first session will run at the Gateshead-based farm on Monday 14th March 2016 from 9.30am-2pm.

The session will give any potential new learners the opportunity to experience the farm and the courses available ahead of joining up on new full time courses starting in September 2016.

Bill Quay Farm offers Level 1 Countryside Skills and Level 2 Animal Care Diplomas.

The successful partnership between East Durham College and Bill Quay Farm has been running for three years, giving young people from the more urban city area of Gateshead and Newcastle the opportunity to study on land based courses.

The Bill Quay Farm estate provides the ideal environment for students to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives them the opportunity to develop essential employability skills.

Ian Hall, course leader in animal care courses at East Durham College, believes this is a brilliant opportunity for students to come and see the facilities at Bill Quay Farm and get an idea of what being on a course at the farm is like.

Ian said: “We are putting on these days over the next few months to give students the opportunity to come and see what life at Bill Quay Farm is like.

“It’s a great facility and we have ran some very successful courses here over the last few years.

“On the taster day you will get a real flavour of what it is like to work with the animals on a day-to-day basis and also the chance to meet the fantastic staff who run the courses. We can’t wait to welcome any potential new students to the farm.”

For more information on East Durham College’s animal care courses at Bill Quay Farm, please contact the team in Gateshead on 0191 441 9715 or email kelly@billquayfarm.org.uk or call the college’s Houghall campus reception on 0191 375 4710.