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New Claas Apprentice Graduates

The achievements of the latest students to complete the Claas Apprenticeship was recognised in a Graduation Ceremony held recently at the Claas UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk.

In a awards ceremony held at Saxham last month, the latest batch of Claas Apprentices to graduate with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Landbased Service Engineering received their certificates from Clive Last, Chairman of Claas UK.

Claas Apprentices

The seven graduates, who have all qualified with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Landbased Service Engineering (NVQ Level 3), in addition to achieving LTA2 status, received their graduation certificates from Clive Last, Chairman of CLAAS UK.

The successful students are:
Daniel Plant (Manns, Halesworth); James Harrison and Wesley Stephens (Kirby, Market Harborough); Philip Winter (Seward, Beverley); Daniel Kjelstrup (Southern Harvesters, Kent); James Heath (Vaughan, Frome) and Shane Madley (Vaughan, Dorchester).

The group are the last to study at Writtle College, following the decision by the college to cease offering a service engineering course.

As a result, from this autumn the CLAAS apprenticeship scheme is now based at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, whilst for those in the north of England and Scotland, a similar course is based at Barony College, Dumfries, with a total of 22 new students enrolling on both courses this year.

During the four-year course, students have the opportunity to train at both the CLAAS Group headquarters at Harsewinkel in Germany and at the CLAAS UK headquarters at Saxham in Suffolk.

Having completed this first stage in their agricultural engineering education, the graduate students will have the opportunity to take their training a stage further by aiming for CLAAS Master Mechanic status for specific products, before potentially progressing to the higher Master Technician level.

On achieving these higher levels, this will also accord the technicians the relevant higher LTA3 and LTA4 accreditations.

CLAAS has been at the forefront of the development of the Landbased Technician Accreditation (LTA) in the UK, which aims to set a universal standard by which the skill of a technician can be benchmarked, assessed and validated.

CLAAS currently has 450 technicians registered, including 32 at the highest LTA4 level, and is the only manufacturer to have technicians registered at the LTA4 grade, reflecting the high quality training offered by CLAAS.

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