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JP Trett Managing Director James Trett is delighted to be part of the Agricultural Student of the Year judging panel – sponsored by Kubota at this years British Farming Awards.
The awards are will recognise and reward the extraordinary breed of farmers who have made their business a success through innovation, determination, grit and foresight.
I cannot believe where firstly the last 7 months of my final year have gone, but more alarmingly the last 5 years, since I gained the title of Harper Adams fresher! I can distinctly remember driving through the pouring rain to a campus open day in October 2013 after being hounded by a Harper Adams placement student at home to go and have a look – my word was it worth the M6 gridlock and the early morning start!
Anyone reading this with friends or family considering applying for Harper Adams in the future, I can honestly not recommend it higher. The facilities, the level of teaching and the all-round student experience are unrivalled, and for anyone coming from a farming background, it is like a home-from-home being situated away in the countryside. Personal highlights in my time at Harper have been of course the incredible end of term balls that the SU put on but also representing the university football team. The real USP of Harper Adams University is the compulsory work placement year, which is invaluable in giving us students a year of work experience in the industry field that we hope to enter upon graduation, and I have seen that having that placement year on your CV opens many doors that may not have opened quite so readily if your CV reads school-college-university.
Although the title of this final blog is ‘The End’, it’s not quite the end as I have just finished printing my dissertation; apart from overheating slightly, the printer coped fine and both copies of the project are safely stashed away in the infamous brown envelope ready for submission next week! An advantage of having some friends who graduated from Harper Adams in recent years is that I have some handy inside knowledge on the mania that descends on the Harper Adams library in dissertation hand-in week, with harrowing stories of printer meltdowns and gridlock queues across campus! Thus, I stockpiled the paper and ink cartridges and set in for the long haul. When you start out with the dissertation and the word limit is 10,000 words you begin with plenty of waffle to try and make sure you are somewhere near the word count but as you get further in, 10,000 words is quite craftily a very tough target to keep to! Who would have thought that you could write 10,000 words on stripper headers, eh? Additionally, here’s a fun fact for any upcoming pub quiz, how many words have I written across all assignments and the dissertation to complete my degree? Incorrect – in a bid to ward off re-reading my dissertation I decided to count how many and it came to just over 90,000, and I would imagine I have used enough ink in exams to get a whole body tattoo of my dissertation!
I guess I will sign off this ‘Who do you think you are?’ style blog with thanking everyone at the university for all their help and support; I think it’s fair to say there have been plenty of ups and downs since September 2014 but the service given has been exceptional. Thanks to Julie (who I’m sure doesn’t remember me or have any idea that she’s getting a shout-out in this blog) for cleaning Darby LHS bottom floor flat in my first year and thanks to our adopted cat in second year Edmund (who was feral and who I imagine is no longer with us) for keeping the mice down in our jungle of a back garden.
Go well all!
WHAT’S THE JOB? ASSISTANT CONTRACTS MANAGER
WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? An organisation which specialises in land drainage services throughout the UK
WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Land services and drainage
HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive salary + company vehicle
WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? East Anglia
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? In this exciting and varied role within a vibrant company, you will be supporting the existing contract management team to ensure the delivery of clients’ projects. The role will involve liaising with clients and preparing proposals and quotations for land drainage schemes, including project plans, negotiating with customers and then assisting in the management of the project.
WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
So, we’ve caught your attention and motivation? We would love to hear from you if you are keen to find out more. Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us at – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07585 047981
March Blog – by JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim
We’ve just about had enough of all this B*****!
Well, well, well, in February I wrote that the last day of spring term was going to coincide with the day we left the EU… how wrong I was! B***** not only is the bane of everyone’s general life but also for us business students, who try to offer strategic recommendations in our assignments but creativity is becoming increasingly restricted by whatever (if any) B***** outcome if forthcoming!
Anyway, enough of that, it is quite surreal thinking that I am now entering my final term at Harper Adams University. It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I first experienced the M6 gridlock and then proceeded to experience the anxiety of whether the M6 Toll barrier would allow me through. I must say, this year has flown by and now we really are entering the business end of the season. A busy Easter “holidays” beckons for many, with dissertations and the final few assignments handed in within the first fortnight back, then on to doing all that wider reading meant for earlier reading weeks…
This term has been an epic one for many reasons. One of the highlights was certainly the lecture given by Mark Hemming, Regional Director of Amazon UK, who has the incredible job of overseeing 10 Amazon fulfilment centres – it was a fantastic insight into their business model and the level of planning that goes into their operations.
Along with the 6 Nations rugby, the Cheltenham Festival also attracts a sizeable Harper contingent and this year was no different, with the luck of the Irish staying with us for Paddy’s Ball. Hats off to Harper Ireland again for smashing it with the organisation and it was once again a memorable (partially) night in the SU!
The Careers Fair 2019 was also held a couple of weeks ago, an ideal opportunity for students to meet with experts in the recruitment industry including Phoebe and Anna from JP Trett. “Highly insightful” and “very useful” were the verdicts from students who attended, and the event also acted as an opportune reminder for final years to get a handle on what career opportunities are currently out there, ready for finishing in a matter of just a few weeks now!
Looking ahead, I’m sure there will be the need for some re-upholstering on the 24hr room computer chairs as several deadlines approach. Many final and 2nd years will still be travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles in the coming weeks searching for graduate and placement positions, for which specialist interview advice from JP Trett can be found below!
All that’s left to say is have a smashing Easter and Go well!
WHAT’S THE JOB? DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? Producing high-quality specialist agricultural machinery over many decades and with an excellent reputation for product quality, this is a true manufacturing business, proud of its engineering prowess. Their engineering know-how and attention to detail are evident in the large volumes of machines used on many UK farms and in a large number of export markets.
WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Agricultural Machinery
HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive salary + pension, 25 days’ annual leave
WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? East Midlands / West Anglia
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? As a Development Engineer, your focus will be on the practical aspects of product development and the ongoing development of the current product range. You will assist in formulating designs and be responsible for the fabrication and assembly of prototypes, taking them through various development/product management stages through to field testing and evaluation with monitoring and report writing on infield performance. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with a positive problem-solving mentality who is able to manage their own time efficiently.
The role as a Development would give a suitable candidate exposure to all stages of product design and development, with the potential to learn some basic CAD skills and to make a significant contribution to the company’s product development process
WHAT QUALITIES AND EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? If you come from an agricultural engineering/product support background and want to further your career experience in development engineering for a leading machinery manufacturer, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us – email@example.com
WHAT’S THE JOB? RURAL SURVEYOR – PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION
WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? Our client champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members. It is the largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a strong, respected and independent voice for the industry. Its head office is in the Midlands but it also has offices in London and Europe.
WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Professional Membership Association
HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive Package for the right candidate
WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? Midlands, UK
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? Do you want to be part of one of the most effective and respected associations in the UK which are steeped with history, national recognition and success? Our Client has made representations on behalf of farmers and growers in England and Wales on many laws we abide by today including the Agricultural Act 1947, Pesticide Regulations 1986, Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 2003 and many more. As a Rural Surveyor, your role will be to support the Senior Rural Surveyor in communicating legislation, policy and practice relevant to rural surveying. You will provide high-quality expert advice to members, staff, and other bodies relevant upon:
WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
In the first instance, please forward a copy of your current CV in confidence to the lead Consultant James at JP Trett, firstname.lastname@example.org all successful candidates will be contacted within 14 days of your application being received or call 07769 697 843
JP Trett specialises in Agricultural Recruitment, Horticultural Recruitment and Fresh Produce Recruitment. With generations of credibility, confidentiality and success within the Agri-business profession we understand these industries and the complexities of the roles within them. If you are seeking a new exciting career in Agricultural, Horticultural, Rural and Fresh Produce businesses, or you are looking to recruit the cream of the crop, JP Trett aims to succeed in satisfying your needs. From Agronomy Managers to Sales Managers, Farm Directors to Sales Directors we are Agricultural Recruitment.
Do you have a background in or have you worked for Land Agency, Estate Agent, Rural Agent, Surveyors, RICS, MRICS, Property Manager, Farm Business Consultant, Agricultural Consultant, Rural Consultant, Estate Management, Environmental Scheme, Single Farm Payment, Strutt and Parker, Savills, Andersons, Brown, Laurence Gould, Robin Turney, David Boulton, TCS, Smiths Gore, Addisons, GSC Grays, Charltons, Carter Jonas, Knight Frank, Nick and Gordon Carver
Six Nations or assignments?
February always brings the university campus alive; partly due to us entering the home straight of the academic year, but also for the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament! The stereotype of farmers and rugby is very much credible as the rugby jerseys come out of the drawers and are worn with pride throughout the weekend’s matches. Friendships go out of the window for at least 80 minutes each weekend, as do worries about assignments/ dissertations/ revision!
Talking of dissertations, they have certainly started to rear up into the thought processes of us final year students, particularly those who are doing surveys as their primary research method. My LinkedIn feed seems to be 99.9% filled with dissertation survey requests, but it must be said there are some very interesting research topics being covered this year.
As we end our last full month in the EU (supposedly), both second year and final year students continue to search for employment, whether it is for their placement year (3rd year) or graduate employment. March the 28th will be the calm before the storm in more than one way as it will be the final day before we leave the EU, but also the final day before we break up for a month for Easter, and we (final year Agri-Business students) will have two assignments due in on the first Tuesday back after the break! We’re also entering the start of a new crop season as 2019 spring barley is being planted and, matched with this current burst of sunny weather, it creates some stunning photo opportunities for the agricultural anoraks of these parts. Additionally, with the silage season not far away, Tractor Spotting 2019 will be in full swing by the time the next blog comes out!
In terms of academia in the last few weeks, we final years have had a few reading weeks to catch up on assignment and dissertation workloads. The last few days I’m sure have been a real test of resolve for some students who have had two large assignments due in on the same day, with one being worth 100% of the final year module! (Not one to forget to upload the digital copy!)
With the last visitors ushered out the door on Thursday afternoon, and exhibitor breakdown crews dismantling stands through the weekend, the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre will be looking pretty empty this morning. And that’s always how things work with the big national event centres: lots of fast-paced build up, the excitement of the event itself followed by a slick and rapid exit strategy, wagons loaded, equipment back to base, job done! Now to start following up those enquiries….
So, what was SIMA all about, and where does it fit in with the regular European exhibition cycle? No doubt that it still has a seat at the top table of European events – with visits from Didier Guillaume, French Minister of Agriculture, a number of well sought after and meaningful new product or innovation awards presented to the likes of CNH, Sulky-Burel, Laforge, Trimble and many others pioneering technology developments, plus conferences on the future of global farming and dealer seminars, there is a strong sense of business, networking and innovation throughout.
Much bigger than any UK event for sure – 1,800 exhibitors and almost a quarter of a million visitors tell you the scale of the event – but smaller again than the industry giant that is Agritechnica (widely acknowledged as THE major global machinery exhibition, over and above any of the big events in the Americas, Australasia or China), SIMA is great for a finger on the pulse of agriculture at a European level, with an exhibitor list comprising not just the usual household name prime suspects, but many more niche and technology-driven businesses as yet unheard of in our own small market. SIMA is great for the French market, and maybe its scale reflects the much larger French agricultural industry, and a seemingly much stronger empathy for and connection with ‘la terre’ – no militant vegan protests here for sure…
Does it sit in the shadow of its bigger, German cousin though? Almost certainly yes, as most of the big manufacturers save up their shiny new products for an Agritechnica launch (with nearly double the number of SIMA visitors it makes absolute sense to do so) , but in spite of this SIMA definitely holds its own and will no doubt continue to showcase the current and future technology trends, be a symbol of support for a changing industry and a magnet for visitors from across Europe and beyond who maybe look to wear out a little less shoe leather than the Hanover site will oblige them to, and enjoy some Parisian nightlife.
Here at JP Trett, we still managed to wear out 16 kilometres-worth of shoe leather (on day one alone), caught up with our agricultural recruiter partners from France and Germany, sharing some good international contacts, plus huge amounts of networking and ‘state-of-the-industry’ conversations with some influential industry leaders and decision makers. Very pleasing, as always, to also meet up with an impressive number of JP Trett-placed candidates, doing their thing in the environments they love and are passionate about.
All done for another year, better get flights booked for the Hanover trip in November – only 250 days to go!
With SIMA almost upon us again and the 6 Nations in full swing, we head to the Paris International Agribusiness Show on the back of a nice victory against our European neighbours, looking forward to their hospitality! Swing Low Sweet Chariot…….
SIMA brings together 1800 companies from 42 countries and nearly 250,000 visitors (all professional) in what is one of the premium agricultural machinery events in the calendar (every 2 years). Why does JP Trett Ltd head there you may ask?
With so many innovative, dynamic and key industry players all in one place at once, we make the most of our time at such events to see as many of our past, present and future candidates and clients as possible. Usually with a full schedule day and night, our team are working 24/7 through these events to engage personally with contacts to better understand them and use the event for the networking that is crucial to modern recruitment in our sector. All too easily, recruiters make contact through electronic media (text, email, social media…) but at JP Trett we like to see with our own eyes the latest innovations, hear the latest views/news and meet face to face with the movers and shakers at events such as SIMA, Agritechnica, EuroTier, EIMA etc
Yes, we get to travel and enjoy the company of like-minded professionals trying to improve the industry; yes, we get to eat delicacies such as soupe à l’oignon, escargots, and cassoulet; yes, we get to try a selection of premium continental beers, and yes, we thoroughly enjoy our work!
So, what does our agenda look like when we visit one of these well-attended and positive events:
The trip to the airport is usually taken in the afternoon when we say goodbye to family, leaving them to digest the Sunday roast while we get checked in, confirm our appointments for the evening ahead and try and spot the agri-dressed Schöffel -wearers at said airport (usually found at the bar!) On arrival it’s a quick turnaround and out to meet the first wave of contacts that are keen to get our ear before moving on to a dinner and entertainment, keeping a mindful eye on the time and the early start looming: a balance of diplomacy, sensibility and ‘just one more’ attitude….
Early first day start and we board a busy tram/bus/train with a whiff of expectation (and French hospitality) before getting to the check in and scramble through the turnstiles and into the fresh air before hitting the halls. Unlike any major shows in the UK between the last Smithfield in 2004 and before LAMMA 2019 you are instantly hit by the magnitude of such an event and you then realise why it takes place every 2 years. Hall after hall, 250,000 visitors and 1800 exhibitors all shoe horned into their spaces – the footprint of this event is to behold. We can easily cover 20-25km in a day going from client to candidate, conference to competition and stand to stand seeing, hearing and touching all there is to see at such an impressive showcase event. We learn about agri-business in other countries, pressures on growers in places we have heard of but know little about, opportunities in locations that surprise us and meet people who all attend the show for one reason or another, but all share a common passion for the industry.
At this year’s event there are some interesting forums and meetings scheduled, ones we will be attending include: Charolais Competition, SIMA Dealers’ Day, Enhanced Agriculture: A reality today and tomorrow, Agro Equipment: Can it contribute to agroecology? Debriefing after Agtech mission in Morocco, Sima African Summit, Precision Farming for Weed control: Between Myth and Reality.
After two full days and nights we return to Blighty, weary yet excited, armed with new contacts and info ready to start the download of knowledge and opportunity back into the JP Trett machine. Tucked up in bed by midnight looking forward to a good night’s sleep and reporting back to the team.
As a forward-thinking recruitment business, JP Trett wholeheartedly embraces technology, but still places great emphasis on these events that need support to keep them successful. We are in the midst of significant change with such events and collaborations, but in attending we understand their importance and positivity first hand. This year we will continue to be the pioneers in the industry introducing new, ground-breaking staff members, new technology which will improve communication and strategy and be pursuing the best process for continuing our success, now in our 9th year of trading.