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SRUC Oatridge Offers New Introductory Course in Land Based Engineering – Begins January

Published Wednesday, 17th December 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Engineering students

A new introductory course in Land Based Engineering, beginning in January 2015, is being offered for the first time at the Oatridge campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

The practical, hands on course is designed to give successful students the skills needed to find jobs in the sector or continue their training to a higher level.

According to Oatridge Lecturer and Programme leader Fraser Wilson:

“The land-based engineering sector has a skills shortage. A fifth (21%) of employers had a vacancy to fill at time of a recent survey. The aim of the Introduction to land-based Engineering programme is to provide the first step on to the ladder for young people looking to progress within the sector and plug this skills gap. The programme is looking to attract school leavers who may not have achieved recognised qualifications from school and wish to consider further education as a route toward full-time employment or progression to higher level or work based qualifications in land-based engineering.”

This is the first time that SRUC has offered the 20 week course on the Oatridge campus at Broxburn outside Edinburgh. It compliments a similar one offered successfully at the colleges’ Barony campus near Dumfries.

From 19 January to 19 June students will study and carry out practical work involving fabrication and welding, all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), tractor maintenance and operation, machinery maintenance and operation, servicing engines and Transmissions, vehicle electrics and Health and Safety. In addition they will get work experience.

“At the end of the course students should have knowledge, skills and experience that will encourage potential employers and enable them to enter a Modern Apprenticeship,” says Fraser Wilson. “Some may wish to stay at Oatridge and progress to a full time, one year National Certificate course in Land-based Engineering (Agriculture or Ground Care) programme at Oatridge.

Anyone interested in joining the course should see Landbased Engineering: An Introduction, or contact SRUC Oatridge campus on 01506 864800; Fraser Wilson at

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