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Applications are now closed for Summer Intake 2019

Formerly known as the 'Ringlink Internship', the programme has evolved to become accredited by the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) in 2017 as the:

'Land-Based Pre-Apprenticeship' (SCQF4)

Class of 2018 Pre-Apprentices (pictured below)


Induction commences w/c 17th June 2019 at SRUC, Aberdeen.

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For any queries contact: Gail Robertson, 01561 376022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The pre-apprenticeship provides a meaningful introduction into practical working environments, giving young people an insight into the range of vocational opportunities that the sector can offer through a structured programme of work-based learning.

Pre-Apprenticeship Format:


Programme starts in June with a 3 week induction at SRUC, Aberdeen


Up to £1500 of training, an element tailored to individual needs


26 weeks full-time employment, typically working 40hrs per week on a suitable rural business


Earn while you learn in the rural sector. Payment in accordance with Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)


     Working in collaboration with SRUC, the successful applicants undertake a three week residential induction at Craibstone, Aberdeen; that involves a range of activities and certificated training:

  • Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR)
  • Tractor Driving (3 days) + on the road Tractor Driving
  • Rough Terrain Telescopic Forklift (3 days)
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Manual Handling Awareness
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessment
  • Crop Production/Livestock Production (optional modules)
  • Industry visits + Royal Highland Show


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.

For any queries contact: Gail Robertson, 01561 376022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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