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A long way for a short course!

Published Wednesday, 14th August 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Andrew Hurrell with an Argocat

Not everyone will travel over 400 miles for a short course but that’s what Andrew Hurrell did when he made the trip all the way from Essex to our Oatridge campus to learn how to drive an Argocat.

When his two music degrees didn't manage to secure him a job during the recession Andrew turned to a completely different profession: child-minding. However, he was really itching to get back to work as a pony man during the deer stalking season, a job he used to do more than 30 years ago when he worked in a Deer Forrest in Inverness-shire.

“To do that now I need an All Terrain Vehicle certification, in particular in the use of an Argocat,” says Andrew. “I couldn’t get the Lantra certificate for that kind of vehicle in England, but I came across SRUC Oatridge Campus’s website while searching in Google and decided to take my training here. It’s not that easy to master it but the instructor, John Mallon, has been very helpful.”

The course covers the legislation, risk assessment, maintenance, safe driving of the equipment on various terrains, and it can be covered in one or two days depending on the candidate’s experience.

John Mallon, instructor and assessor for SRUC, says: “These courses are becoming ever more popular with people looking to change their career and for those who use Argocats for recreational purposes. They are also of interest to people working in the forestry, agriculture and gamekeeping industries”.

At 56, Andrew concludes: “It’s never too late to re-train.” 

SRUC Oatridge offers a full range of certification both in Lantra and NPTC. For more information and available dates visit our Oatridge campus page or contact our Short Course Co-ordinator on 01506 864 807.

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