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Komatsu Work Ready at Newton Rigg College

Forestry students at Newton Rigg College are cutting a dash with smart new workwear thanks to a partnership with industry specialists, Komatsu Forestry.

Komatsu Forestry has provided boiler suits as part of its on-going links with the college which is a follow up to an industry day enjoyed with the company earlier this year. Students visited the Komatsu base in Longtown where they had the opportunity to meet staff, have one-to-one instruction on the various machines and also test drive a range of equipment.


Forestry students with lecturer Richard Hunter and John Geddes of Komatsu at the company's base in Longtown during their visit earlier this year

Lecturer Richard Hunter said:
“Practical experience with a nationally recognised industry specialist is hugely valuable to our students. It gives them the opportunity to not only build their knowledge and contacts but provides a hands on taste of the workplace. As a college we pride ourselves on providing students who have the technical and practical skills which employers want and this partnership is a tangible example of how this is achieved.”

Newton Rigg College offers Level 2 (one year) and Level 3 (two years) diploma courses with the benefit of a range of practical resources at its Sewborwens and Low Beckside Farms. This includes 23 hectares of woodland with native broadleaf and conifers plus willow coppice. Many students are Cumbria based but the courses also attract students from further afield including Aberdeenshire and Northumberland.

Newton Rigg college

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