The success and support for the CLAAS Agricultural Apprenticeship based at Reaseheath in Cheshire and Barony College near Dumfries, is evident in the fact that 22 new students have joined the scheme this year from CLAAS dealerships throughout the UK.
This year will see the first group of nine students starting their four-year apprenticeship based at Reaseheath College. This follows the decision by CLAAS UK to enter into a new training partnership with the college, which is based near Nantwich in Cheshire.
The nine students come include two each from Seward in Yorkshire and Olivers (Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire). The other students come from: Kirby (Leicestershire); Southern Harvesters (Berkshire); Marsh (Lincolnshire); Hamblys (Cornwall) and R&G Williams (Gwynedd).
In Scotland, 13 new students have joined the scheme this year from the CLAAS dealerships of Rickerby (north England), Sellars (north east Scotland) and Gordons (south west Scotland).
Starting the four-year CLAAS Apprenticeship at Reaseheath are: James Burton; Timothy Nicholls; Tom Jackson; Tom Lambert; Jack Ashton; Tom Thomas; Daniel Jenkin; William Honey and Glenn Michie.
Starting the four-year CLAAS Apprenticeship at Barony are: Andrew Hamilton; Christopher Low; Thomas Johnston; Sean Vannet; David McAuley; Thomas Greensmith; Darren Beattie; Mark Laidlaw; Ross Fisher; Sean Clarke; Daniel Brown; Jonathan Robinson and Jack Phillips.
On both courses the students will be studying for a National Diploma in Land Based Technology. This qualification is seen as a practical hands-on alternative to ‘A’ Levels, and CLAAS is helping to lead the way in the adoption of this course.
One of the main benefits of the Diploma, other than higher technical credibility, is that upon qualification, the successful candidate will receive a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade, which will enable them to better demonstrate and gain recognition for their progression and ability.
Following their graduation from the Apprenticeship scheme, these Service Engineers will be able to follow the comprehensive CLAAS UK training development plan, which is laid out by the CLAAS Academy and aligned with the Landbased Technician Accreditation (LTA) scheme.