AGCO apprentices pass through tough new apprenticeship standards

Agricultural engineers from the AGCO Apprenticeship Academy at Moreton Morrell College are celebrating being the first in the UK to pass through the tough new national apprenticeship standards for their industry sector.

Fourteen land-based service engineering apprentices, working at AGCO dealerships across the country, were delighted to learn that they had passed through their End Point Assessment (EPA), taken with Lantra at Moreton Morrell’s land-based college at the end of February.

An EPA is the final assessment apprentices undertake to make sure they are fully competent and can do the job that they have been training for. Government legislation states that a rigorous and robust EPA must be delivered by a separate body to the training provider giving employers the confidence that apprentices have achieved occupational competence. This is the first ever cohort within the agricultural engineering sector to undertake the assessment.

Apprentice Jacques Marshall, who works at Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd in East Anglia as a trainee technician was very pleased to learn he had passed all elements of his EPA. The 23-year-old from Norfolk said, “It feels great to achieve after all the hard work and effort put into the four-year programme. Agricultural technicians are highly sought after so it’s really good to know that I now have the skills and will give me a good career for life. College has been great, and I’ve definitely made some friends for life.”

Anthony Linfield, AGCO’s training development manager, said, “I am delighted that AGCO’s dealer apprentices have become the first ever within the agricultural engineering sector to undertake their End Point Assessments including exams. The EPA represents a key element of the AGCO land-based engineering apprenticeship scheme, and serves as demonstrable proof at pass, merit or distinction of their qualification to the employers who have invested in them.”

Mark Eden, director of Work Based Learning at WCG, said, “As their training provider it was really pleasing to see our latest group of AGCO apprentices complete their Land-Based Service Engineering Apprenticeship programme and become the first apprentices in the country to achieve this new apprenticeship standard.

“The group demonstrated a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours during the intense process of assessment spread over a two-week period. This is testament to all the hard work this group have committed to their apprenticeship and the support and guidance received from the team at Moreton Morrell College and the AGCO franchised dealer network these candidates represent.

“The group achieved some fantastic results across all elements of their EPA process, so I would like to thank Land-Based Assessment Limited and the team at Lantra who have supported WCG throughout this process.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.