Clarkson’s Farm star Kaleb Cooper has introduced plans to launch a bursary to assist Royal Agricultural College (RAU) college students to pursue careers in agriculture.
Self-made agricultural entrepreneur and farming contractor Kaleb shot to fame in a single day on Clarkson’s Farm, Amazon Prime’s hit TV sequence which follows the ups and downs of Jeremy Clarkson as he tries to run a enterprise on his Oxfordshire farm.
The 24-year-old has been working in and round farms since he was a schoolboy and is a passionate supporter of UK agriculture and alternatives for younger individuals to enter the sector.
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On Thursday 11 Might, Mr Cooper joined undergraduate RAU college students in Cirencester to launch his new annual bursary, which can present £3,000 to help a scholar in exploring totally different paths into agriculture.
It consists of the chance of getting a piece placement with Mr Cooper himself, or one in every of his business companions, both through the scholar’s college research, or as a spot yr placement.
Open to RAU undergraduate college students who’re residing within the UK, the bursary will begin accepting purposes in September, with the primary scholar receiving their award in early 2024.
Mr Cooper is eager to encourage candidates who aren’t from a farming/agricultural background and those that can exhibit hardship or monetary want.
He stated: “Having come from a non-farming background myself, I imagine agriculture might be for anyone. I do know there’s a lot potential for younger individuals to have good careers in agriculture.
“It must be open to all, and when you’ve got monetary difficulties otherwise you’re utterly new to farming, please do apply.”
RAU vice-chancellor Peter McCaffery stated he was delighted Mr Cooper had chosen to help RAU college students.
“This bursary will assist to offer the profitable applicant the possibility to observe their goals and pursue a profession in agriculture as Kaleb himself did. We’re very excited to be working with him,” Prof McCaffery added.
Who’s Kaleb Cooper?
Kaleb Cooper is a farming contractor from Oxfordshire and bestselling writer of The World In accordance with Kaleb. He performs a central advisory function to Jeremy Clarkson within the Prime Video sequence Clarkson’s Farm.
Rising up within the Cotswolds, Mr Cooper knew he wished to be a farmer from a really younger age. At 13, he was given accountability for 3 chickens on 4 acres of land. Inside months, this was 450 hens, laying eggs that he bought to lecturers at his college.
By the age of 14, he was breeding sheep and dealing on a dairy farm and at 15 he purchased his first tractor. On leaving college, he went on to check agriculture at Moreton Morrell Faculty, earlier than organising his personal farm contracting enterprise.
Now aged 24 – and with a rising household (child quantity two is due subsequent month) – Mr Cooper just lately wrote his debut e-book, The World In accordance with Kaleb, which instantly turned a Sunday Occasions bestseller and has already bought greater than 80,000 copies. His second e-book, Britain In accordance with Kaleb, is due out in October this yr.