Land-Based Pre-Apprenticeship programme

Ringlink Scotland is welcoming applications for their Summer intake of Land-Based Pre-Apprenticeships.

The Pre-Apprenticeship offers an upfront three-week residential training induction followed by six months full-time employment with a mentor business, which is sourced by Ringlink Scotland. The programme offers a qualification level of SCQF4 on completion.

How does it work?

Working in partnership with Scottish Rural College (SRUC) the 3-week induction** starts mid-June 2021 at Craibstone, Aberdeen providing fundamental training and knowledge exchange for the trainees at entry level, whether from an agricultural or non-agricultural background alike.

(**Please note- Residential induction will be dependant upon any Covid-19 restrictions, may be a blended learning format)

Employment placements then follow for a period of 26 weeks working full-time from mid-July to early January. Training value of £1500 offered throughout the duration of the programme which includes certificated training tickets. The programme offers a qualification level of SCQF4 on completion.

SRUC act as the training provider to deliver the Certificate of Work Readiness (SCQF4) and assess performance by visiting mid-way throughout the placement. Ringlink keep in touch throughout the duration of the placement both with the mentor and the pre-apprentice, offering support and guidance as required.

What are the benefits for the mentor business?

Mentors are able to bring people through their business, offering training and development with scope to retain individuals, if the placement is successful for both parties.

Ringlink employ the pre-apprentices, taking responsibility for all administration, payroll and holidays. They will also conduct the interview and selection process, along with matching the trainee and mentor business for the duration – ensuring close proximity for the apprentice to access.

Pre-Apprentices receive two training certifications/enhancements over the duration of six months tailored to meet the needs of the business.

What are the benefits for the pre-apprentice?

Practical work-based learning option, gaining work experience and skills that rural employers want, whilst also gaining a qualification at SCQF4. Training certifications and Health & safety knowledge which are often barriers to entry for young people seeking to enter or progress within the land-based industry.

The programme is an industry recognised progression route into the land-based sector and on completion, offers pre-apprentices the opportunity to progress on to a Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF5/6); further education at college or secure full-time employment either with their mentor business or with another industry employer.

Rates of pay

Scottish Agricultural Wages Board rates as of April 1 2020 - March 31 2021 state a minimum standard rate of £5.50 per hour for up to 48 hrs per week. Overtime rates are 1.5 times standard pay rate, £8.25 per hour applicable for more than 8hrs in one day or when they exceed 48 hrs in the week.