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Published Wednesday, 14th November 2018 in Study at SRUC news

The new intake of CLAAS apprentices at Barony
The new intake of CLAAS apprentices at Barony

The Barony campus has been marking the tenth anniversary of a highly successful training partnership with one of the world’s leading farm machinery manufacturers.

Of CLAAS UK’s 25 new Land-based Service Engineering and Parts, Sales & Marketing apprentices starting this autumn, 16 are enrolled in Dumfries – the second largest intake there since the Extended National Diploma began in 2008.

Over the first three years of their four-year apprenticeship, the students receive comprehensive training, in addition to CLAAS product and general technical training while working with a dealership, where they are mentored and supported.

During their final year, they undertake additional advanced technical and industry training.

At the recent graduation ceremony held at the CLAAS Training Academy at Saxham, SRUC Programme Leader Fraser Wilson was presented with a special model tractor to acknowledge the efforts of the Barony engineering team over the last decade.

Among the eight SRUC graduates was Andrew Shorten, who received the award for ‘Apprentice contributing most to the CLAAS Apprenticeship’ for Barony.

Fraser Wilson said: “Celebrating ten years of SRUC’s training partnership with CLAAS UK is a major accomplishment for the engineering team at Barony. Back in 2008, CLAAS UK showed great faith in the team to deliver technical and skills training to match much larger colleges and organisations. This bucked the trend among other distributors and manufacturers to centralise training in England. SRUC is unique in offering manufacturer-supported training at its Scottish campuses.”

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