The latest crop of New Holland dealer apprentices have graduated from Reaseheath College with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology.
The 25 students, who have each completed three years training in agricultural engineering, have gained a broad range of technical skills which are required for a successful career in the agricultural machinery and equipment industry.
The Level 3 Block Release Diploma in Land-based Technology, provided by Reaseheath College in Cheshire, includes modules in fabrication and welding, computing applications, and engineering drawing and design. Each module is delivered on both a classroom and workshop basis, ensuring apprentices gain relevant workplace skills, including getting hands-on with the latest New Holland machinery and products.
Delivered as a part-time course, apprentices are required to attend college for twelve weeks per year in four-week blocks. After each study block, students representing more than fifteen dealerships across the UK return to the workplace with updated skills and knowledge. Apprentices then receive five weeks training from technical trainers at their respective New Holland dealerships in electrics, hydraulics, electronic power tools and power trains.
Mark Barnes, Technical Training Manager for Agriculture at New Holland said: “The New Holland Dealer network has been bolstered once again by the addition of 25 newly-qualified apprentices. The combination of a professional qualification and hands-on experience means apprentices have developed a wide range of skills, essential for a successful career in the agricultural machinery industry. ”
Edward Hughes, an apprentice at the Russell Group, was awarded Apprentice of the Year 2016 by Reaseheath College lecturers. This award recognises outstanding learning and enthusiasm, and is presented to the student who has achieved the highest level of learning outcomes across all machinery brands.
Speaking of his award, Edward said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded the Apprentice of the Year 2016. Working alongside other New Holland dealer apprentices and being able to access the latest technology and machinery at Reaseheath College makes the course highly valuable. I’m looking forward to putting everything I have learned into practice as I continue my career with the Russell Group.”