Tractors and farm machinery have changed massively in recent years, so the servicing industry has had to shift up a gear to keep pace. To keep up with the rapid rate of change, manufacturers and independent dealerships are providing tailored apprenticeship schemes to produce a workforce capable of meeting their increasingly technical requirements.
At RVW Pugh we understand how important it is that we keep up to date with the changing industry around us to stay competitive, that comes from having a strong team at each depot. We work with AGCO to ensure that the programme is offering the right experience for the individual. We look to the younger generation as the future of our business and want to invest in young talent. Apprenticeships are a great way for us to help someone learn different aspects of the working-world. With a structured academic programme to work to this option is something that allows the individual to combine practical and theoretical training which is important for any future employee in the industry.
Why become an apprentice?
This is a real opportunity for AGCO apprentices to gain knowledge and practical skills at college as well as gaining valuable hands-on experience in the workplace, Time-served land-based engineers that progress and demonstrate high levels of expertise are a tremendous asset to all of us in the industry.
What qualifications do I need?
Ideally candidates should have 4 or more GCSE’s above a grade C. Show ability to work hard and pro-active nature.
How long is the programme?
As part of their AGCO dealer apprenticeship, young people taken on by a dealer representing an AGCO brand receive 24 weeks training spread over two years at Warwickshire College’s Moreton Morrell centre. All apprentices attending the college as part of AGCO’s dealer apprenticeship scheme stay on-site in the college’s own residential accommodation.
What is involved?
Two levels of apprenticeship in land-based engineering are currently offered by AGCO dealers. The first is an intermediate level 2 apprenticeship that takes two years to complete, including 12 weeks during each year attending Warwickshire College, the remainder of the time being spent back at the apprentice’s dealer-employer.
With the support of their dealer, trainees wishing to progress to an advanced level 3 apprenticeship are able to attend Warwickshire College for a further 12 weeks spread over a total of 15 months.
There are AGCO apprentices on the training course from all over the country and you stay with the same group from the start so you get to know everyone really well. It’s a great way to start off in the industry.