With greater use of technology critical to ensuring agriculture has a sustainable future for generations to come, colleges are putting greater emphasis on training in agritech.
Moulton College, Northamptonshire, recently collaborated with agritech firm Farol to develop a new certificate in agricultural technology.
It will evidence the extensive skills, knowledge and practical experience gained by students in agricultural technologies to present to future employers.
Louise Fletcher, head of school for land-based and equine subjects at Moulton, says: “Technology plays an important part in the agriculture industry, and this certificate will demonstrate the new and emerging ways the industry is optimising this.
“For students with a keen interest in technology, this certificate is a great opportunity to learn more about this evolving field within agriculture and stand out to prospective employers.”
It is the first time a certificate in agricultural technology has been created to complete a course programme at further education level in the UK.
Dylan Roberts, director at Farol, said it wanted to work with Moulton College to strengthen the skills in agriculture which will help secure the sector’s future.
He says: “Working with such a passionate team at Moulton to share this experience and knowledge will absolutely influence the calibre of talent entering industry in the near future. It is exciting for us to be a part of this journey.”
The collaboration also provides opportunities and experiences for agricultural students, including live demonstrations, visits to Farol and training on John Deere technology.
Ms Fletcher says: “The industry is getting more technologically advanced and, as a college, it is vitally important we keep up to date with the latest developments. Farol will play a key part in this for us.”
Details on Moulton College’s agricultural courses can be found at moulton.ac.uk