A new initiative is being launched by Cumbria's Newton Rigg College, which will see greater opportunities for studying land based subjects in the North of England.
Robert Addison, MD of Hexham Auction Mart with Mike Wilson, agriculture lecturer from Newton Rigg College following the announcement of new courses to be run at the Mart.
From January 2013, day release and part time courses in agriculture will be run from a satellite centre at Hexham Auction Mart. These will range from courses for apprentices as part of their workbased learning to higher education degrees covering everything from livestock production to business skills and countryside management.
Alastair Philip, Director of Agriculture said: "This is an exciting initiative which has been driven by the response of the farming community in the north of England. We already have around 70 students who travel from County Durham and Northumberland to our campuses, so it makes sense to cut down on those travel costs and provide something locally. Robert Addison and his team at the Mart have made us very welcome and we're looking forward to getting cracking!" The courses will be led by Mike Wilson, a senior lecturer in agriculture at Newton Rigg College.
Commenting on the initiative, Robert Addison, Managing Director of Hexham Auction Mart said: "We're delighted to be working with the College on this. It will be a huge benefit to the farming community and particularly young people as they can study closer to home and the mart is already a busy central hub for agriculture - it makes perfect sense."
As part of their studies, students will have access to the college's farms at both Newton Rigg and at its York campus. In total, the college farms around 1,000 hectares. At Newton Rigg, permission has recently been granted to develop the country's first National Centre for the Uplands, which will be based at the college's hill farm, Low Beckside and also a state-of-the-art dairy unit at Sewborwens Farm. Complementing this is York's Westfield Farm with its dairy unit and lowland arable enterprise, the recently acquired land at Askham Richard, York and the National Beef Training Centre.
It is also hoped that a similar programme of studies will be launched into game, countryside and wildlife management with the Northern School of Game and Wildlife Management which is based at Newton Rigg College.
Newton Rigg is part of Askham Bryan College - the fastest growing land based college in England with around 7,000 full and part time students. As well as the Newton Rigg campus, it has centres at Scarborough, Bradford, Thirsk, Wakefield, Harrogate and Guisborough. An investment programme totally £9m has recently been announced which will see £3m invested into the Newton Rigg College campus and its farms.
For further details on the courses available, please contact Reception staff at the College on 01768 893400.
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