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Press release

10-year milestone for CLAAS apprenticeship scheme

This year marks the 10th anniversary of CLAAS UK working with SRUC Barony  to offer apprenticeship courses for students from CLAAS dealerships in the north of England, Scotland and Ireland.

CLAAS UK is still the only major machinery manufacture to offer the option of studying either at SRUC Barony or at Reaseheath College in Cheshire. The demand for a course based in Scotland is more than evident in the fact that of the 25 new Landbased Service Engineering and Parts Sales & Marketing apprentices starting their training this autumn, 16 of them are enrolled at SRUC Barony, the second largest intake there since the course started in 2008.

Over the first three years of their four-year apprenticeship, the students will receive comprehensive training, in addition to CLAAS product and general technical training while working with their dealership, where they will be mentored and supported. During their final fourth year they undertake additional advanced technical and industry training.

Those studying for the 3-year CLAAS Parts Sales & Marketing apprenticeship, which is based at Reaseheath College, similarly split their time between formal training and practical time back at their supporting dealership. Upon competition of the course, they will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Parts Operations, which is the equivalent of three ‘A’ Levels.

For all the students however, the completion of their apprenticeship will be just the start of their training with CLAAS. Having qualified, working with their dealership and CLAAS UK they will have access to ongoing training and development and ultimately the opportunity to move into more senior management roles within their dealerships or with CLAAS should they so wish.

Reaseheath College 2018 CLAAS Apprentice intake
Jack ReynoldsEASTERN, Markham Moor
James HoweWESTERN Cirencester
Jordan SeeleyMANNS, Saxham
Ruben AntunesMANNS, Thursford
Will ClaytonMANNS, Thursford
Henry BenbowMorris Corfield, Docklow
Samuel OliverMorris Corfield, Craven Arms
Matthew SavillOlivers, Luton
Joseph RichardsonRickerby, Bowburn (Parts)

SRUC Barony 2018 CLAAS Apprentice intake
Ronald MacDonald-JarvieGordons, Berryhill
Gregor BellGordons, Dumfries
Ryan WiddowsonGordons, Castle Douglas
Drew RitchieGordons, Strathaven
Joshua WinderRickerby, Carnforth
Owen BlackburnRickerby, Carlisle
Matthew WhiteheadRickerby, Alnwick
Peter ScottRickerby, Cornhill
Danny WilkinsonRickerby, Hexham
Robbie AitchisonRickerby, Dunbar
Alasdair McGavinSellars, Forres
Lloyd CathroSellars, Letham
Calum CzajaSellars, Forres
Gregor InnesSellars, Huntly
Finlay PassSellars, Perth
Richard MeaneyKellys