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Formerly known as the 'Ringlink Internship', the programme has evolved to become accredited by the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) in 2017 as the:

'Land-Based Pre-Apprenticeship' (SCQF4)

Applications are now open for 2018

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For any queries contact: Gail Robertson, 01561 377790 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Overview:

The pre-apprenticeship provides a meaningful introduction into practical working environments, giving young people an insight into the range of vocational opportunities that the sector can offer through a structured programme of work-based learning.


Pre-Apprenticeship Format:

DEVELOPMENT:

Programme starts in June with a 3 week induction at SRUC, Aberdeen

TRAINING COURSES:

Up to £1500 of training, an element tailored to individual needs

MENTORING:

26 weeks full-time employment, typically working 40hrs per week on a suitable rural business

HANDS ON APPROACH:

Earn while you learn in the rural sector. Payment in accordance with Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)

 

     Working in collaboration with SRUC, the successful applicants untertake a     three week residential induction at Craibstone, Aberdeen; that involves a range of activities and certificated training:

 
  • Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR)
  • Tractor Driving (3 days) + on the road Tractor Driving
  • Rough Terrain Telescopic Forklift (3 days)
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Manual Handling Awareness
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessment
  • Crop Production/Livestock Production (optional modules)
  • Industry visits + Royal Highland Show


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Programme Partners

  • SRUC: Provide the facilities for the three week residential induction at the Craibstone campus. SRUC also deliver the SRUC Certificate of work readiness (CWR) together with additional training units.
  • Ringlink Scotland: Provide the day-to-day management of the programme, recruit and support farmer mentors, and provide the training programme for the interns.

For any queries contact: Gail Robertson, 01561 377790 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Internship 2017

The class of 2017 commenced with 15 young people offered placements with mentor businesses across Angus, Moray, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire.

To-date 13 candidates remain in work with their mentors, with the programme coming to a close on the 5th January 2018.



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For any queries or further information please contact:

Gail Robertson: 01561 377790 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Overview 

The internship is designed to provide young people with a broad overview of the rural sector and the vocational opportunities that the sector can offer through a structured programme of training and mentoring.

Click on the picture below to see our video.

Hear first-hand what our Interns & Mentors think about the Internship programme...

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Programme Partners


  • SRUC: Provide the facilities for the three week residential induction at the Craibstone campus. SRUC also deliver the SRUC Certificate of work readiness (CWR) together with additional training units.
  • Ringlink Scotland: Provide the day-to-day management of the programme, recruit and support farmer mentors, and provide the training programme for the interns.

Intern Placement Overview

  • 26 weeks fully paid work placement on a farm or suitable rural business.
  • Programme starts mid June.
  • First three-weeks will comprise induction and training.
  • Additional training will be provided on an individual needs basis.
  • A total of up to £1500 of training will be offered to each Intern.
  • In addition, there will be input from industry professionals.
  • Payment for time worked is in accordance with the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).
  • All interns who successfully complete the 7-month programme will receive a certificate of completion awarded from Ringlink.

 

The Work Placement

  • On successful completion of the initial three week induction, interns will take up their placement with a predetermined Mentor.
  • The activities carried out by interns will be entirely dependent upon those available within the placement business.
  • The mentor will play a vital role in identifying the capabilities of the intern and will offer both encouragement and support to promote progression and development.
  • Through the placement period, interns will be expected to contribute fully to the business by actively engaging in their allocated tasks.
  • Opportunities for further development will be made available through arranged visits to a variety of rural businesses.
  • Additional training courses will be made available through the placement period dependent upon the requirements of the business and the intern.

Terms and Conditions


  • Interns will be expected to work a minimum 40 hours per week.
  • Payment for time worked is in accordance with the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).
  • Holidays will be accrued over the 6 month period as per the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).

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