Change your path with help from SRUC Elm­wood

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - EDUCATION -

Scot­land’s Ru­ral Col­lege (SRUC) Elm­wood Cam­pus is sit­u­ated in Cu­par, Fife, and offers a va­ri­ety of cour­ses in­clud­ing coun­try­side man­age­ment, an­i­mal care, game­keep­ing, green­keep­ing, pro­fes­sional golf, golf man­age­ment, hos­pi­tal­ity and hor­ti­cul­ture.

It’s never too late to change your path, as Craig Trew­ern, who lives in Dundee, knows only too well.

Craig, who had worked in re­tail for 14 years, made a change af­ter fac­ing re­dun­dancy. The hos­pi­tal­ity depart­ment at SRUC Elm­wood had been rec­om­mended to Craig, who joined in 2015.

“Cook­ing had al­ways been a pas­sion for me, and I de­cided it was time to make my hobby my ca­reer.

“My jour­ney at Elm­wood re­ally set me on the right track for em­ploy­ment in the food and drink in­dus­try.

“I was en­cour­aged by a bril­liant team of lec­tur­ers, in­tro­duced to top chefs, worked on live demon­stra­tions with Ge­of­frey Smed­dle of The Peat Inn, and

Nick Nairn.

“We en­tered na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and were al­ways sup­ported and en­cour­aged. The col­lege also has great links with the food and drink in­dus­try.

“We con­stantly had new prod­ucts to work with, new things to ex­pe­ri­ence and we worked along­side the hor­ti­cul­ture and game­keep­ing de­part­ments at col­lege for events and spe­cial­ist com­pe­ti­tions.”

Craig, who cur­rently em­ploys five part­time mem­bers of staff at Around – Food and Drink at Cu­par Golf Club, gained ad­di­tional in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence by work­ing at a lo­cal café and restau­rant when he first left col­lege.

He was rec­om­mended for his new po­si­tion by his col­lege lec­tur­ers and is thor­oughly en­joy­ing his post and all its chal­lenges. “I’m en­joy­ing the va­ri­ety. I’m do­ing mar­ket­ing re­search, look­ing at what has his­tor­i­cally been done be­fore, plan­ning menus, tak­ing on social me­dia ac­tiv­i­ties – it’s all-con­sum­ing!”

To oth­ers con­sid­er­ing a change in their ca­reers, Craig says: “Just do it. It is a tough de­ci­sion but the best one I have made.

“Take those steps – the re­ward is get­ting a hap­pier and health­ier bal­ance in your life.”

The col­lege at­tracts stu­dents from across Fife, Perthshire and Tay­side and many other ar­eas of the United King­dom, as well as Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

Cour­ses range from in­tro­duc­tory-level pro­grammes to Higher Na­tional Diploma lev­els, with ex­cel­lent pro­gres­sion routes to de­gree pro­grammes at other SRUC cam­puses and other uni­ver­si­ties. As fund­ing is in­creas­ingly an is­sue for stu­dents, Elm­wood can ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den by al­low­ing you to study to HNC/ HND level lo­cally, be­fore ac­cess­ing a univer­sity course di­rectly into the sec­ond or third year.

For more in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion on how you can change your path why not come along to one of SRUC Elm­wood’s open evenings?

Those who are in­ter­ested can book on­line now by vis­it­ing www.sruc.ac.uk/Elm­woodopen­days

“Just do it”: Craig Trew­ern says go­ing to SRUC Elm­wood to learn new skills was the best de­ci­sion he has made.

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