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More students opt for animal care courses

The number of people choosing to study Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care has seen a significant increase, according to The Knowledge Academy (

The organisation has analysed which industries provide their workers – and potential new candidates – the chance to progress further in education.

The Knowledge Academy looked at a National Statistics release titled: ‘Vocational and Other Qualification Quarterly (January to March, 2017)’ (released: September 5th, 2017).

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Nearly 1.2 million educational certificates were awarded in 2017 and the largest increase in the number of certificates (176 percent) was seen in vocational-related qualifications.

The sector subject areas with a notable increase in the number of certificates were:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care: 117 percent
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment: 28 percent
  • Information and Communication: 7 percent found that schools and universities are not producing enough candidates with the relevant skills urgently needed to enter work. The need is particularly pressing in management and leadership, given that employers will need one million new managers across the UK by 2020.

David Baker, a spokesperson from The Knowledge Academy, comments: “It is obvious from the changes we are witnessing in education and the workplace that we need to provide – and support – alternative pathways to higher levels of education and qualification.

“Today, young people are not expected to follow the familiar – and nor should they have to.

“Additional courses, whether independently sourced or found through work, are just as valuable to individual progression than the typical University degree and we should celebrate the option.”

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