Career talk inspires travel plans

Adrian Dunn with Level 3 Extended Diploma Agric students Megan Baldwin and Becky Worthington 4mbReaseheath alumnus Adrian Dunn returned to the College to share his experiences of working and travelling abroad.

The former agriculture student addressed our final year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture cohort and discussed how he spent two years building his industry knowledge on a range of farms across New Zealand and Australia. Adrian began his travels in 2002, working on a 580 dairy herd farm in New Zealand and proceeded on to the Australian Outback where he achieved a role as a maintenance assistant on a five million hectare farm.

Adrian addresses agriculture students

Adrian addresses agriculture students

Said Adrian, “Working on the other side of the world was an amazing experience, it gave me a whole new perspective on work and my career. I made the decision to go to New Zealand after listening to an ex-student’s talk when I was at college myself and I wanted to  ‘give something back’ to the current students. I hope the talk gave students a little inspiration to help them take the plunge and travel too.”

Adrian offered students his tips on organising placements, how to get the best out of work experience and guidance on utilising their time effectively whilst travelling.

Combining work placements with travel, Adrian took the opportunity to embark on the famous ‘Kiwi Experience’ tour of New Zealand and spent time exploring some of Australia’s hotspots. On returning to the UK at the end of 2003, Adrian went on to work on farms across Cheshire, whilst also pursuing a part-time role as a youth worker. He now runs his own children’s sports coaching business, A-Star Sports.

Adrian studied at Reaseheath from 1996 to 1999. He initially completed a foundation course and NVQ Level 2 in mechanics, before moving on to complete his National Certificate in Agriculture (NCA).


If you would like to give our final year students your top tips on how to make that all-important transition from study to work through delivering a career talk or workshop, please contact Alumni Officer Katie Burt on


A floral thank you for former food student

Lovely to welcome food technology alumnus Lorraine Evans back to the campus this morning. She came to collect her photo album full of Cheshire College of Agriculture memories that she kindly lent to Alumni Officer Katie. 

Katie first met Lorraine (Food Technology with Dairy Specialism, 1980) and her husband Graham (Dairy Herd Management, 1980) back in May at Reaseheath’s Family Festival. The pair studied at the Cheshire College of Agriculture, 1979-80.

Keen to share their happy memories of Reaseheath, Lorraine and Graham presented Katie with the album on the day and are excited to share some of their special moments with our alumni community.

As a little thank you to Lorraine – who put the album together, our Floristry Department designed a beautiful little flower bouquet for her to take home! 

We’ll be posting a selection of Lorraine’s photographs from 1979-80 very soon – so watch this space! 

Lorraine Evans - alumnus class of 1980