The CLAAS Agricultural Apprenticeship continues to go from strength to strength with a total of 12 students this year graduating at the end of their four-year course.
CLAAS is the only major agricultural machinery manufacturer to offer a specific apprenticeship course based in Scotland at SRUC Barony campus, which runs in parallel with the course based at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.
Graduation ceremonies were recently held for the latest group of students, with four graduating from the course based at Barony campus and eight graduating from the Reaseheath College course.
During their four year apprentice training course, the students have worked towards a National Diploma in Land Based Technology and an advanced technical and industry certificate. In addition to time spent at Reaseheath and Barony, the students have also worked at the CLAAS Group headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany and the CLAAS UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk. This has given them a valuable insight into the size and scale of the global business, which has 14 plants worldwide and employs over 10,000 people.
CLAAS places great emphasis on training skilled technicians and developing career opportunities across the company. Having qualified, the young technicians now have access to training and development pathways aligned to the Landbased Technicians Accreditation (LTA) Scheme, enabling them to further broaden their skill set.
At the start of their apprenticeship, the students enrolled at LTA level 1. Having completed their course, they are now eligible for LTA2 (Service Engineer) and with further dealer experience and CLAAS training, they will have the opportunity to reach LTA 3 (Master Mechanic) or even LTA 4 (Master Technician) status.