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Internship Scheme

Land based Internship Programme

Applications are now closed for 2017.

For any queries or further information please contact:

Gail Robertson: 01561 377790 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The internship is designed to provide young people with a broad overview of the rural sector and the vocational opportunities that the sector can offer through a structured programme of training and mentoring.

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Programme objectives

  1. To encourage and prepare young people for a career in agriculture and wider rural sector.
  2. To identify suitable interns who have a desire to work within the rural industry
  3. To provide interns with practical experience, training and knowledge allowing them to make informed decisions as to how they would like their career to progress.
  4. To provide on-going mentoring and support to maximise the potential of the intern
  5. The ultimate aim is to help prepare interns for employment in agriculture and the wider rural sector.

Programme Partners

  • SRUC: Provide the facilities for the three week residential induction at the Craibstone campus. SRUC also deliver the SRUC Certificate of work readiness (CWR) together with additional training units.
  • Ringlink Scotland: Provide the day-to-day management of the programme, recruit and support farmer mentors, and provide the training programme for the interns.

Intern Placement Overview

  • 26 weeks fully paid work placement on a farm or suitable rural business.
  • Programme starts mid June.
  • First three-weeks will comprise induction and training.
  • Additional training will be provided on an individual needs basis.
  • A total of up to £2000 of training will be offered to each Intern.
  • In addition, there will be input from industry professionals.
  • Payment for time worked is in accordance with the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).
  • All interns who successfully complete the 7-month programme will receive a certificate of completion awarded from Ringlink.

3-week Training & Induction

Successful applicants will undertake a three week induction period starting in mid June which will involve a range of activities including training and industry related visits.

Week One:

  • Health and Safety induction which will include all interns and mentors to consider the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace and the associated responsibilities.
  • First Aid Training – designed to provide the skills to deal with a first aid emergency from a small cut to a more serious injury.
  • Company visit/tour to either a mentor business or other rural business.
  • Manual Handling Training – the rural sector demands manual activities and to prevent injury it is vitally important that we are aware of the correct procedures for handling objects and loads. This event provides the knowledge to minimise the potential for injury.

Week Two:

  • Tractor driving training – Tractors are an essential tool in the rural industry with ever increasing capabilities. As with all machinery it is essential to have the appropriate training to ensure safe operation and to maximise the potential from the machine. This course will provide the basic training to operate safely and effectively.
  • Visit to the Royal Highland Show with visits to a variety of industry businesses.

Week Three:

  • Three day forklift operator training.
  • Introduction to livestock


The Work Placement

  • On successful completion of the initial three week induction, interns will take up their placement with a predetermined Mentor.
  • The activities carried out by interns will be entirely dependent upon those available within the placement business.
  • The mentor will play a vital role in identifying the capabilities of the intern and will offer both encouragement and support to promote progression and development.
  • Through the placement period, interns will be expected to contribute fully to the business by actively engaging in their allocated tasks.
  • Opportunities for further development will be made available through arranged visits to a variety of rural businesses.
  • Additional training courses will be made available through the placement period dependent upon the requirements of the business and the intern.

Terms and Conditions

  • Interns will be expected to work a minimum 39 hours per week.
  • Payment for time worked is in accordance with the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).
  • Holidays will be accrued over the 6 month period as per the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).

Application Process

●        3 weeks of induction and training.

●        26 weeks fully paid placement (with overtime where applicable).

●        Up to £2,000 of formal training given to suit individual requirements.

●        Input from industry professionals.

●        A chance to build a strong CV with good references.

●        Support and guidance from a recognized training and labour provider.

●        This programme is a proven route into working in the land based industry.


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