From the Forces to the fields of Devon: HighGround announces new programme

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A charity that helps current and former military personnel transition from the Forces to employment in the rural sector has announced a new programme in Devon.

HighGround, one of SaluteMyJob’s partners, will be delivering Rural Weeks at Bicton College for the first time, starting in March, followed by a further three Rural Weeks in the spring.

Rural Weeks have been developed to support serving personnel and veterans of all ranks and ages seeking advice and support about careers in the land-based sector.

Following two successful pilot Rural Weeks at Plumpton College in autumn 2014, followed by nine more during 2015 and 2016, the Charity is moving the programme to Bicton College in Devon.

Anna Baker Cresswell, HighGround’s Founder, said the charity “is delighted to be spreading our wings to another Landex college thanks to an introduction to Bicton from the Worshipful Company of Farmers.”

“We are really looking forward to welcoming more HighGrounders from all over the UK in 2017 to experience our Rural Weeks, which will give them an overview of the land-based sector, how their military skills and experience map so perfectly into it, what training and qualifications they will need and how to access them."

"Bicton College already has military cadets, and the rural county of Devon has a rich military heritage with the Royal Marines based at Lympstone, close to the College", she added.

During the five-day fully residential programme, the eight delegates will experience the full breadth of the land-based sector, which includes agriculture, horticulture, forestry and arboriculture, environmental conservation and game keeping, agricultural engineering and plant operation, animal care and veterinary nursing, outdoor sports and leisure and food and drink manufacturing.

In addition, there will be workshops on making the most of the transferable skills gained in the military and becoming self-employed. Guest speakers who have already made a successful transition from the Armed Forces into careers in the land-based sector will join the delegates in evening talks.

An autumn programme will be announced at a later date, depending on fundraising. For more information or to get in contact with Anna Baker Cresswell at HighGround please visit