Nurturing Talent in The Rural Sector

22nd May 2018

At land, property and business consultancy George F. White, investing in our people is our main priority. By providing our team with the right learning environment, mentoring, training and tools, we are able to give the best support to clients.

We provide a myriad of services to clients in the rural sector, ranging from farming and agricultural services to planning and development and deal with issues including grants and subsidies, succession planning and legislation assistance.


Investing in the team, and embedding key qualities such as innovation, inspiration, honesty and commitment into the very core of the business is vital. Nurturing young, fresh talent in the rural sector is crucial to this, which is why George F. White provides graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, with a structured career development plan, so that we can help cultivate the future rural workforce, to support clients as best we can.

Rural surveyor Adeline Jones is a prime example of George F. White’s focus on developing young talent. Adeline has spent most of her life in agriculture as her family holds a long tradition in farming. From this, she’s developed an appreciation of the challenges of managing a farm enterprise and issues faced by a rural community. Following school, she worked on a farm during a gap year before deciding to take an undergraduate course in BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. Adeline’s course involved a placement year which she undertook at George F. White, as an undergraduate rural surveyor, which later helped her secure a graduate position within the firm.

Not only did the placement and graduate position provide vital experience of working with real clients, facing real issues and providing solutions to help clients overcome specific rural business challenges, Adeline was also able to secure the professional knowledge, and qualifications, she needed by joining us. To sit the necessary exams, you need at least two years’ experience at an appropriate business, which Adeline achieved through her placement year and following her university completion. Adeline has been with us for two and a half years now and has passed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) exams which means she is a fully qualified chartered surveyor and a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Many members of the George F. White team have taken a similar path to Adeline. Entry level employment is something we strongly believe in, and a key ethical value. Indeed, over the past year alone, the Alnwick office has been home to three apprentices and an APC student. We are extremely proud to have a 100% APC pass rate over the past decade, where we have supported 23 successful APC graduates.

Demonstrating our commitment to our people is reflected in the Employer of the Year award that we were thrilled to win at the recent Northumberland Business Awards. Mentoring young, ambitious people that want to come into the industry is so important to us and helping them to gain the qualifications and experience they need to progress their careers is the ultimate goal.

Due to our consistent growth, we’re actively recruiting, creating nine new roles across the business. Our ability to grow our workforce is all down to putting our people at the centre of our ethos, and empowering skilled and nurtured people to thrive at George F. White.

For more information about the current career opportunities at George F. White, please contact Debbie Charlton on

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