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New Holland links with Oatridge for Scottish apprenticeship scheme

Published Friday, 20th October 2017 in Study at SRUC news

SRUC and New Holland Agriculture have linked up with a Scottish apprenticeship scheme.
Pictured: SRUC and New Holland Agriculture have linked up with a Scottish apprenticeship scheme.

The Oatridge Campus of SRUC has joined forces with New Holland Agriculture to train the land-based engineers of the future.

The partnership is an example of SRUC’s desire to collaborate with industry to deliver fit for purpose students to employers. The key to this aim is exposing candidates to technologies and practices which are current.

In a move to strengthen the future of the agricultural industry, New Holland has announced a new four-year agricultural engineering qualification for Scottish school leavers.

The scheme hopes to encourage anyone with an interest in land-based machinery to consider a career in land-based engineering. The qualification balances theory with practical tasks including servicing and maintenance on a wide range of equipment.

The partnership between SRUC and Case New Holland (CNH) will provide franchised dealers with a bespoke training programme for their apprentice engineers.

The programme will be a blend of work based, practical learning and theoretical classroom study. Within the four-year programme candidates will aim to achieve a level 3 Extend Diploma in Land-based Technology and a level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.

Fraser Wilson, Team Leader for Engineering at Oatridge said: “We are thrilled and excited to be working with CNH on this programme – which aims to produce students with the knowledge, skills and competences to enhance the services offered by their employers.

“The benefits of working in collaboration with a leading tractor manufacturer are clear – students and staff will have access to cutting-edge technology and the training on how to best utilise these technologies. This will be of huge benefit not only to the engineering students, but also agricultural students.”

Mark Barnes, technical support manager for New Holland, will be working closely with SRUC to run the apprenticeship scheme. “There is a general lack of people coming into the agricultural machinery industry. We need to ensure that our dealerships are equipped for the future. The best way to do that is to invest in young people and offer them viable routes into the industry.”

“The career path for those undertaking this qualification is diverse and future proof. Many people do not realise that land-based engineering is one of the most high-tech sectors in the world.”

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