The achievements of the latest students to complete the CLAAS Apprenticeship Scheme was recognised in a Graduation Ceremony held recently at the CLAAS UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk.
The four-year course was introduced by CLAAS UK seven years ago and this year, in addition to the course based at Writtle College in Essex, the numbers joining the scheme have doubled following the introduction of a new course based at Barony College in Dumfries.
The five students, who have all qualified with an NVQ Level 3, received their graduation certificates from Clive Last, Chairman of CLAAS UK. During the four-year course, they each had the opportunity to train at the CLAAS Group headquarters at Harsewinkel in Germany, before travelling to New Zealand for three months to work in their final year.
The successful students are, from left to right:
Ben Tarver (Mill Engineers, Bibury); James Gulliver (Southern Harvesters, Hampshire); Edward Farrow (Manns, Saxham); Joe Waldron (Southern Harvesters, Reading) and Adam Borrett (Manns, Saxham).
Having completed this first stage in their agricultural engineering education, after gaining four years experience, they now have the opportunity to take their training a stage further by qualifying for CLAAS Master Mechanic status for specific products, before progressing to the higher Master Technician level.
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