Learning & Skills

Supporting Ambition and Progression

We value and celebrate everyone’s contribution however small and support our Farm Helpers to develop new skills and achievements.  Our in-house learning programmes are based on real work on the farm and tailor-made for the individuals concerned.  We use the nationally recognised framework, Recognising and Rewarding Progress and Achievement (RARPA) to ensure quality and evidence progression and we are accredited for the AQA Unit Awards Scheme.

farm helpers and team members at Depden planting

What skills can be learned?

We encourage everyone to do a bit of everything on the farm, if they can, though we all have favourite tasks. Activities are seasonal and very varied from looking after the livestock, to growing, harvesting and selling the produce we grow; or undertaking farm maintenance and environmental based projects or working inside in our new woodworking workshop.

What opportunities are there for the future?

Depden Care Farm’s educational programmes provide the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications for those who want to. The work programme enables Farm Helpers to progress into voluntary posts in farming and, where possible, into paid employment in this sector.

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AQA Unit Awards Scheme

We have accreditation for the  AQA Unit Award Scheme a nationally recognised award scheme specifically designed for people with additional needs, for whom traditional learning routes may not be suitable. AQA Unit Awards allows all farm helpers to engage with learning and have their achievements formally recognised.

Farm helpers are rewarded with a certificate each time they successfully complete a unit of learning. They can build up a portfolio of certificates to evidence their skills, knowledge and experience.

The scheme boosts confidence, increases engagement and improves motivation, helping students to make progress on their lifelong learning journey.

Recognising and Rewarding Progress and Achievement (RARPA)

Poster for recognising and rewarding achievement

Skills into action

Our farmhelpers putting their skills into action in a wide variety of activities around the farm

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