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Applications are now open for 2021

Closing Date: 26th March 2021

The work-based pre-apprenticeship programme is an ideal pathway of progression within the rural sector, allowing new entrants to earn and learn whilst also gaining a vocational qualifcation.

Accredited by the Scottish Rural College (SRUC), the programme is currently funded by Skills Development Scotland on a pilot basis.

'Land-Based Pre-Apprenticeship' (SCQF4)

Class of 2019 Pre-Apprentices (pictured below)


Training Induction will commence in June 2021

Employment with mentor businesses commence
from July 2021 onwards

                 Click on the picture below to watch our video of our              Pre-Apprentices in action:



   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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