Pictured; the Claas UK 2013/14placement students: William Boulton, William Cartmell, Alan Forde, GeorginaGarner, Chris Gateley, Ben Griffiths, Serda Gurtmeredov, SebastianHopfensperger, Owen Lloyd, Christian Matthews, Harry Milner, George Neville,Tristan Parish, Ian Prowse, Daniel Robertson, Euan Robertson, Joe Robinson,Daniel Suckling, Tom Turner, Peter Verhoeven, Oliver Wood and Ross Woods.
The recent Defra report onthe Future of Farming Reviewhighlights the importance of attracting young people into agriculture in orderfor the industry to remain competitive and sustainable, and to meet the futuretechnological challenges that the industry will face.
While the reviewconcentrated on attracting young entrants into actual farming, by the samemeasure there is a similar need within the agricultural industry as a whole,and Claas UK is responding to both this and the need to meet demand for thegrowth in the Claas Tractor business.
As a family company, Claashas long been committed to the employment and training of young people, andcurrently has over 500 vocational trainees within the Group worldwide. In theUK, Claas was one of the first companies to develop its own apprenticeship scheme andhas led the way in the development of the industry-wide LTA (LandbasedTechnician Accreditation) scheme. Inaddition, many of those now in senior positions within the company; includingCEO Trevor Tyrrell and sales & marketing manager Jeremy Wiggins, joined thecompanys graduate management trainee programme from University.
As part of a review of itsfuture needs and the continued increase in its tractor sales, for 2013/14Claas UK has considerably expanded its student placement year programme withHarper Adams University (HAU), both in the number of positions offered, butalso to students from other universities. In total, 20 placement students havebeen recruited, and while the majority are from HAU, they have been joined bystudents from the universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Northumbria aswell as one from Germany.
For the first time 15 ofthese placement students will be working within Claas dealerships throughoutEngland, 10 supporting Claas tractors and telescopic handlers and five workingin after-sales. A further five will be working in IT, sales, marketing, partsand training roles at the its UK headquarters at Saxham.
The students will be withClaas UK for up to 15 months, by which time they will have gained valuableexperience that will provide a sound basis for future employment and thepotential opportunity to join the company’s management trainee programme uponcompletion of their studies.