2015-09-24   facebooktwitterrss

Claas Apprentices Graduate from SRUC Barony

A record 14 students from the north of England, Scotland and Ireland, were presented with their Graduation Certificates in August, having successfully completed the CLAAS Agricultural Technician Apprenticeship.

The Graduation marked the end of their time studying at SRUC Barony Campus near Dumfries. Also attending the awards ceremony were the latest group of students to join the CLAAS Agricultural Technician Apprenticeship scheme. This group of students were attending an Induction Day at the campus to mark the start of their course.

The 14 CLAAS graduates: Robbie Johnstone, Kyle Sutherland, Peter Janoch, Craig Geals and Lewis Thomson, who are all from Sellars. Jake Green, Ronan Atkinson, Jamie Tait and Ian Grieve are all from Rickerby. Jamie Clark and Colin McKinnon are both from Gordons. From Ireland, Shane Harrington and Michael Lyons are both with Quigleys and Simon Hall is from Erwins.

The 14 CLAAS graduates

In addition to the students training at SRUC Barony, apprentices from the south of England undertake training at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, making CLAAS the only UK agricultural machinery company to offer two training bases for its apprentices.

Aside from their time at Barony the 14 successful students have worked at the CLAAS Group headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany and the CLAAS UK headquarters at Saxham in Suffolk, giving them an insight into the size and scale of CLAAS, a global company employing in excess of 11,000 people. The students also spent time training with key suppliers to CLAAS including engine manufacturers Caterpillar and Mercedes-Benz.

Having qualified, the young technicians will have access to additional training and development that will enable them to progress further. Having attained LTA Level 2 status, they will be able to move on to reach the more specialist LTA 3 (Master Mechanic) or LTA 4 (Master Technician) status.

Six new students have joined the Apprenticeship scheme based at Barony this year, and this will be their base as they work towards achieving the Extended Diploma in Landbased Technology over the next three years. This high level vocational qualification is designed to meet the Government’s calling for training programmes that meet employer’s needs.

Provided by IMI Awards, who have worked in conjunction with CLAAS, the students will be assessed throughout their course for their competence and skills, using both work-based evidence and e-portfolios. During their fourth year, they will undertake additional advanced technical and industry training, so that by the time they qualify they will be eligible for LTA 2 status.

The 14 CLAAS students who graduated this year from SRUC Barony were: Robbie Johnstone, Kyle Sutherland, Peter Janoch, Craig Geals and Lewis Thomson, who are all from Sellars. Jake Green, Ronan Atkinson, Jamie Tait and Ian Grieve are all from Rickerby. Jamie Clark and Colin McKinnon are both from Gordons. From Ireland, Shane Harrington and Michael Lyons are both with Quigleys and Simon Hall is from Erwins.

Joining the 2015 CLAAS Agricultural Technician Apprenticeship at SRUC Barony are: Lawrence Ewart and Alexander Watson from Rickerby, Ben Hyslop from Gordons and Scott McLaren from Sellars. From Ireland are Jamie Moore Stewart from Erwins and Gavin Whelan from Breens Farm Machinery.

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