KCC out in force at Kent County Show - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Jul 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM


Words and pictures by Susan Carey

The Kent County Show Detling last week saw nearly 500 stands, all sorts of farm animals, vintage farm vehicles and brilliant sunshine.

As a Kent County Councillor, I was on the Kent County Council stand, which incidentally won an award, for promoting opportunities for people seeking apprenticeships and businesses looking to employ apprentices.

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As well as some of KCC’s own apprentices the stand had demonstrations from Phil, pictured below,  who had started his career as an apprentice and was now chef de partie at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone.

Phil was assisted by Ben who is just starting out as an apprentice.

Also on the stand was Gillingham football club which employs apprentices in their coaching activities at Kent primary schools.

Richard Ashworth MEP with the EDF staff

Other industries represented were the energy, construction and forestry sectors but apprenticeships across an even wider range of range of industries and at all levels were displayed on a special wall of opportunities.

KCC apprentices

Since 6 April a new apprenticeship levy on companies with a payroll of £3 million or more is being used to fund training for apprentices across all size of businesses.

There’s plenty of information available on  (look for ‘Be an Apprentice’ or ‘Hire an Apprentice’ which are part of KCC’s Made in Kent campaign to double the number of apprenticeships in the county).

Modern apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 with no upper age limit and can be at three levels of qualification – from GCSE and A-Level equivalent up to degree level. It’s a great way to learn and earn and businesses benefit from a better trained workforce.

Forestry work

Elsewhere at the County Show, Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott was on the Kent Police stand and many of the Kent MPs were mingling with the crowds. Richard Ashworth, MEP for South East England paid a visit to the KCC stand and was particularly interested in the work being done at Dungeness power station as he has family connections on the Romney Marsh.

Despite the vast array of goods and services on offer, the Kent County Show still has a real sense of being an agricultural show with livestock being paraded and judged. The horse jumping added to the countryside atmosphere and was a delight to watch.

Flower arrangements, plants, food, crafts and much more were also on offer and a robot, a dinosaur and a floral couple on stilts provided entertainment. If you couldn’t make this year’s show, put next year’s event in the diary – it’s well worth a visit.

Top photo: Susan Carey with the KCC team at the Kent County Show

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