Major financial boost to agricultural apprenticeships by AGCO

  • Agricultural machinery manufacturing AGCO is continuing to support the Further Education sector by affiliating with an additional two colleges and injecting heavy investment into their agricultural engineering apprenticeship schemes

At a time when many agricultural manufacturers are bringing their apprenticeship training in-house, AGCO has partnered with SRUC Barony in Scotland and Riseholme College in Lincolnshire to help offer budding new agricultural engineering apprentices the chance to embark on a full career path with AGCO, offering City & Guilds diplomas at a venue closer to home.

With the worldwide demand for food predicted to increase 60% by 2050, AGCO understands that the demand for highly skilled and talented agricultural engineers to ensure that the industry’s advanced and complex machinery will meet that goal has never been greater.

AGCO’s Training and Development Consultant, Charlie Rollason said: “Supporting four dedicated centres of learning makes perfect sense to AGCO. With these two new partners coming on board, supplementing WCG Moreton Morrell in Warwickshire and Coleg Cambria Llysfasi in Wales, and with a major investment by both AGCO and our learning partners, we aim to offer the same high standard of manufacturer supported learning in convenient locations throughout the UK rather than at one centralised hub.”

AGCO is also welcoming a growing number of people who are embracing the challenges of being an agricultural engineer and retraining in this much-valued and sought-after occupation. They have started working closely with Forces Farming, an initiative created to help ex-services personnel transition into the agricultural sector.