07 Nov 2015

Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture Business Management Awards Evening

Higher Apprenticeships awardsYesterday saw the first ever Awards Evening for the Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture Business Management programme, it was a great night of celebrating the achievements of our very deserving first cohort of students.

The evening brought together family, friends, partners, employers, teaching staff and assessors who have all been a part of the learner’s journey throughout the past 15 months on the Higher Apprenticeship Course. Presenting the awards and guest speaker was James Farrar, Chief Operating Officer for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership. Other guests included Anthony Knowles from the Skills Funding Agency. There were several special awards announced throughout the evening with Best Student being awarded to Mark English, Most Improved – Livestock Management Route awarded to Christopher Leedham and Most Improved – Crop Management Route awarded to Robert Wheelhouse.

Liz Philip, Executive Principal said, “Congratulations to our Higher Apprentices. This is a true celebration of the hard work and dedication required to achieve this qualification.”

“At Askham Bryan our focus is our students and their success is our goal. It is our aim to nurture our students to achieve their maximum potential. This event is about celebrating that, but also about thanking the employers who have supported them to be here.”

This cohort of Learners all work for farming and/or contracting enterprises including arable, root crops, dairy, beef and sheep, they are all fully employed by the businesses and many have been working for their businesses for over 4 years. The majority of the learners have all come through the apprenticeship route via Level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeship, or completed a Full-time Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture, all with Askham Bryan College. The College is currently the only college in the North of England which offers this route into Agricultural Management and attracts learners from far and wide including County Durham, North Yorkshire Moors, Leeds, Huddersfield, Newark, Settle, Rotherham and Wakefield.

Lindsey Wedgewood Course Mangers said “This programme encourages students to look beyond their own businesses and embrace new ideas, and arms them with the skills to be the managers of the future, by developing their knowledge and confidence so that they can source the information to make plans and decisions that will benefit their business.”

The programme was designed to suit those who are already working in agriculture who are involved in business decision making or who are at junior management level, with the skills and competence to take on more of a managerial role within their business. There are two pathways to the programme; crop and livestock, the apprentices were able to follow a pathway that was appropriate to their requirements at their place of work. The programme includes general business skills such as financial planning to more enterprise-specific skills such as fertiliser planning, monitoring and evaluating crop management, planning and evaluating livestock breeding and feeding programmes. The programme is taught at 2 of our centres; the crop group at York and the Livestock at Thirsk.

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around business needs. They also help develop the specialist skills required to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in the sector. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures that the skills learnt are ones that work best for the employer and their business. If you are an Employer or aspiring apprentice looking to take part in the next cohort of Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture Business Management then please contact Course Manager Lindsey Wedgewood on 01904 772293 or email for further details.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture Business Management:
Samuel Abel, Richard Brown, Robert Cloughton, James Dobson, Richard Duffin, Mark English, Liam Gouldthorpe, Garry Houlston, Samuel Hugill, Anthony King, Christopher Leedham, Samuel Ramsey, Neil Robson, Joshua Tattersall, Matthew Teal, Matthew Tindall, Adam Ward, Matthew Watson and Robert Wheelhouse.

Finally a sincere thanks to the following employers:
AR & SH Abel, H & DR Bainbridge, F.E. Brown & Son, C & R Clarke, Mr Cloughton, B Elsworth & Sons, F.A.English, C & M Hall Ltd, N Leedham, DH & JR Lowther, Ramsey Bros., JWE & P Robson, R Simpson & Sons, T.A.G. Farming & Hire Ltd, P Tattersall, AH & AE Tindall, I & RA Watson, GF Wheelhouse & Son and K Hugill.