New Work Experience Programme To Inspire Next Generation Of Dumfries & Galloway Farmers

A new pilot programme aiming to help tackle the drop-out rates from agriculture apprenticeship programmes in Dumfries and Galloway has been launched.

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) have provided support for Tarff Valley Limited’s six-week full time work experience programme for 15 young people interested in a career in agriculture in the region.

It is hoped that the programme will help to address the drop-out rate which exists on 26-week agricultural pre-apprenticeships, by identifying candidates who are more likely to succeed on these ‘pre’ or full apprenticeships before they undertake them.

Agricultural merchant Tarff Valley are based in Castle Douglas and have recently started to provide short courses, pre-apprenticeships and mentoring programmes in rural skills.

Their latest programme is supported by funding of £17,500 from SOSE and £2,000 from Developing the Young Workforce Dumfries and Galloway.

The new work experience programme will also be beneficial for its student participants – who will be able to work with their training providers and colleges to identify the correct career pathway for them as an individual, by examining the skills and knowledge learnt on the six-week programme.

If the pilot project is a success, the business hopes that it will provide evidence for future funding routes.

Tracey McEwan, Services Coordinator at Tarff Valley, said:

“We are pleased to announce this exciting project in partnership with SOSE and DYW Dumfries and Galloway, alongside Let’s Get Employed (Let’s Get Sporty).
“The programme will support young people to gain a real insight into the agriculture sector and gain valuable work experience and accredited training to support them into their chosen career.” 

Sharon Ogilvie, Community Development Specialist at SOSE, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with Tarff Valley to help them deliver this inaugural work experience programme for young people interested in a career in farming.
“Participants on the programme will have a fantastic opportunity to gain skills, experience and knowledge first-hand before committing to a career in the industry – which should help them decide whether it is the correct career path for them.
“We hope this will lead to more candidates entering and enjoying a successful career in the agriculture sector.”

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, SOSE Chair, added:

“Creating a wide range of employment opportunities for the people of the South is a key priority for SOSE and an integral part of our Fair Work commitment.
“As such, we are delighted to support the launch of this pilot project.
“Agriculture is an incredibly important industry in the South of Scotland and we hope this programme helps inspire a new generation of farmers in the region.”

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