On Tuesday 8th March, two Dovecote Park staff
attended Plumstead Manor School, to talk to a group of over 50 female students
about their careers in the beef industry.
Laura has worked for Dovecote Park for nearly 2 years, as a
Fields Person for the Midlands and South East.
Having grown up on a farm, and
studied agriculture to degree level, she worked initially in the dairy sector
before moving into beef. As well as here regular job within the livestock team,
which sees her on farm 3-4 days a week, Laura represents Dovecote Park on the
Waitrose Farming Partnership Next Generation Group, which works on a variety of
projects to create opportunities for young people within the livestock sector.
This is the second time Laura has visited Plumstead Manor to speak to the
‘I found it a very
rewarding day,’ Laura states, ‘not only does
it make me realise how much I enjoy my own job but I found it a great
opportunity to encourage young people to partake in a career that provides enjoyment
and happiness to them. After all we
spend a large proportion of our life working so why not do something you enjoy!
It gave me great satisfaction to inspire young women into thinking about where
their food comes from and in particular possibly considering a career in
Robyn Simpson, who first joined Dovecote Park in November
2015 as a Commercial Graduate, and now works primarily within the affiliated
side of the business said of the experience:
speaking to the different groups of girls. We participated in lively and wide
ranging discussions. Questions ranged from ‘how my choices influenced my
career?’ to ‘what are my hobbies outside of work?’ Choosing a career is
one of the most important decisions these girls will make and it was very
refreshing to hear the wide ranging ideas they have for their future. I felt
privileged to be able to pass on my enthusiasm for the meat industry and
diverse opportunity that exists within it.’
Robyn and Laura were joined by Helen Bellew, an Agricultural Placement Student who is currently
spending a year on placement with Waitrose as part of her BSC in Agriculture at
the University of Reading.
We would like to thank Robyn and Laura for taking time out
of their busy schedules to share their experiences within the industry with