Claas has annouced that its industry-first in-house apprenticeship scheme is booked out for the autumn term.

Following the inaugural intake of students in February, a further 23 students from dealerships throughout England, Wales and Ireland arrived at Saxham for the start of their four-year block-release course in September.

A further cohort of students from dealerships in Scotland have also been welcomed onto their course provided and run by the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) Barony near Dumfries.

The Claas in-house apprenticeship scheme was introduced to help raise the standard of newly qualified engineers.

To date Claas has seen over 200 apprentices graduate and grow within their dealer network, many of whom are progressing within their careers.

This has been as a direct result of the commitment and support of their dealer network and the existing training providers.

During their apprenticeship, the students will study for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Land-Based Service Engineering Technician, delivered by dedicated Claas trainers alongside specialist product trainers from the main Claas Academy.

The new apprentice academy with its purpose built facilities and specialist fabrication, engine workshops and classrooms, in addition to break-out areas and on-site restaurant, provide the students with some of the best training facilities in the UK.

It’s also a worldwide first for the Claas Group and with a significant investment of €3 million, the programme will provide a blueprint for the development of similar schemes within the company’s global operation.