Four apprentices employed by the Hamilton Ross Group, one of Scotland’s premier agricultural machinery groups consisting of dealers Hamilton Brothers, Ross of Lanark and Reekie Ltd, have scooped a prestigious industry award.
Stephen Moore, Graeme Ramsay, Michael Rolfe and Andrew Falls have been named as joint winners of the Dealer Apprentice of the Year (Scotland) Award by farm machinery website Agri Machinery News.
At a presentation on Thursday 2nd March at Hamilton Brothers Bishopton branch, three of the winners were each presented with a commemorative glass trophy. A special company award was also presented to Hamilton Brothers General Manager Jim Steel, by Agri Machinery News Publisher Paul Caunce, in recognition of the group’s dedication and long term commitment to the development of their apprentices.
“We are very proud of all our Hamilton Ross Group apprentices and their achievements. Andrew, Graeme, Michael and Stephen are a credit to the company” said Jim Steel, who was once a Hamilton Ross Group Apprentice himself. “The Group have worked closely with LANTRA and SRUC over the years to develop an excellent training programme. We are always interested in developing young talent and would encourage anyone who is interested in apprenticeships to get in touch.”
Stephen Moore, Graeme Ramsay and Andrew Falls of Hamilton Brothers and Michael Rolfe at Ross of Lanark have worked for the majority of their apprenticeships whilst also attending college. All four apprentices have been awarded various accolades during their studies with Stephen scooping the SRUC Apprentice of the Year 2016 award and, most recently the LANTRA Landbased Engineering Learner of the Year 2017 award. Michael won the Barony College Landbased Engineering Apprentice of the Year award in 2016 and Graeme and Andrew were both shortlisted as runners up at their college prize giving’s.
Awards organiser and publisher Paul Caunce commented “The Agri Machinery News Dealer Apprentice of the Year awards are designed to recognise the very best apprentices that the industry currently employs. Nominations were sought from dealers in Scotland, and the four young people submitted by Hamilton Ross Group were by far the strongest nominations we received. It actually became difficult to pick an overall winner from them, hence the joint winners. All four young men are showing excellent potential in their studies, either at Oatridge College or Barony College, and are also excelling in the workshop environment at the various branches they are based. Additionally, we also wanted to recognise Hamilton Ross Group. They are an excellent example of an employer in the farm machinery sector that work tirelessly to attract young people to become apprentices.”
Caunce continued “There has never been a more exciting time for talented and enthusiastic young people to work in Land Based Engineering. The technology currently being used on farms is way ahead of other industries such as the automotive industry, and the future is very much one of drones, robotics, GPS Guidance, telematics and even autonomous vehicles”.