AGCO’S acclaimed apprenticeship scheme filling the staffing void & delivering the next generation of expert agricultural engineers
Dealerships encouraged to make use of world-recognised training programme
AGCO is helping to address some of the staffing issues within the agricultural sector as its dealership network is able to take advantage of one of the most recognised and renowned engineering apprenticeship schemes across all sectors.
Now in its 21st year, the AGCO Apprenticeship Scheme has helped an overwhelming number of young people to join the land-based engineering sector in the UK and develop a career for life with leading brands such as Massey Ferguson, Valtra and Fendt.
The scheme is a partnership between the industry leading AGCO Corporation, and agricultural engineering education specialists Moreton Morrell College, part of WCG in Warwickshire, and Coleg Cambria Llysfasi in Wales. The industry created and approved training is designed for young engineers to develop into positions within the agricultural sector with AGCO dealerships across the UK.
It has been the starting point for some of the most highly respected and coveted agricultural engineers in the sector. Supported by AGCO’s nationwide network of service dealerships, the AGCO Apprenticeship scheme offers aspiring engineers the opportunity to build a rewarding vocation, often in a sector they had not previously considered.
Anthony Linfield, AGCO Training Development Manager explains, “Our dealership networks are actively encouraging new members of their service teams to undertake the apprenticeship scheme. It delivers an industry approved qualification, while allowing participants to gain fantastic hands-on practical skills within their depot, through the AGCO backed scheme.”
This year, some 40 new budding agricultural engineers have taken the first-steps to a career through the AGCO Apprenticeship scheme, as they join either from the Year 1 Cohort or join from a Level 2 status elsewhere to continue to the Level 3 qualification offered via AGCO.
They join a total of some 90 apprentices across all year Cohorts of the apprenticeship scheme, which now includes the new end-point assessment (EPA). Under new apprenticeship reforms, all apprentices must now complete an EPA, designed to test whether each has gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours to complete their apprenticeship.
“The EPA further enhances what is already recognised as one of the best engineering apprenticeships across all industries,” explains Mr Linfield.
He concludes, “Ultimately, AGCO dealerships benefit from highly trained engineers and technicians, and the graduates can develop a career for life in a sector that sits at the cutting edge of technology.”