Student recognised for outstanding performance during work placement
James Boddington, 22, from St Austell received an Aspire Award for his work as a Trainee Land Agent with the land and property management company which has its headquarters in East Budleigh, near Exeter.
The awards were presented by the Vice Chancellor of Harper Adams University to seven students across a variety of degrees, recognising exceptional performances during their respective year-long placements. Harper Adams is the UK’s leading specialist provider of higher education for the agri-food chain and rural sector, with many of its courses encouraging students to gain real work experience as part of their degree.
James, who has now completed his Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree, said: “My placement at Clinton Devon Estates gave me the opportunity to experience many different aspects of their diverse enterprise portfolio, from in-hand farming to renewable energy and housing development projects.
“Experiencing the practical life of an Estate Manager will help to contribute towards my aspirations to become a Rural Chartered Surveyor and the role gave me a chance to network amongst a broad range of invaluable industry contacts, from surveyors to farmers and solicitors, an opportunity I wouldn’t have had by studying at university alone.”
Head of Property and Land for Clinton Devon Estates Leigh Rix said: “It was a real pleasure to have James working with us for a year. He brought enthusiasm to his role as a Trainee Land Agent and added real value to our team.
“We are always looking for ways in which we can support the next generation of young professionals, especially those with an interest in rural industries and this was a great opportunity to do just that, by providing some hands-on experience.”