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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)


Applications are now closed for the Winter Intake starting
in January 2019

Applications for the Summer Intake commencing in June 2019,
open from 1st November 18 - 22nd March 19

Click on the picture below to see our video:



For any queries contact: Gail Robertson, 01561 377790 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 untertake 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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