NSC’s Agriculture Star Apprentice

NSC’s Agriculture Star Apprentice

NSC’s Agricultural Star Apprentice, Owain Ingram

It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week and to celebrate the achievements of our Apprentices, North Shropshire College (NSC) has chosen a Star Apprentice for each curriculum area the College has apprentices working in.

Owain Ingram has been selected as one of the NSC’s Agriculture star apprentices; Owain works on a dairy farm in Llanymynech, near Oswestry and is completing a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with the College. Owain commented on what drew him to doing an apprenticeship, saying ‘I tried to do a full-time agricultural qualification, but I prefer to be hands on so I switched to an apprenticeship. I had been working for my employer part-time since school; he was keen to pass on his learning to the next generation of farmer.’

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Owain with his employer, Edward Owen

Owain talked about what he enjoyed about his apprenticeship, and what the benefits are. Owain commented ‘I like the variety; you get lots, working with stock and tractors. I’m an outdoors type; I’m always on the go. The main benefit of doing an apprenticeship is you earn whilst you learn, it is the best incentive.’

Apprenticeships offer many opportunities to do additional training on top of the qualification; Owain is about to do a foot trimming course after his apprenticeship as well as other courses. Owain commented on his experience with his assessor and new responsibilities he has been given, saying ‘My assessor, Phil Goddard, is very good. He’s very talkative and explains things clearly, he uses a voice recorder in our meetings as I speak better than I write, and it makes it a lot easier for me. I have been given additional responsibilities by my boss; for example, I help look after the farm when he is away.’

For more information about agricultural apprenticeships at NSC, go to www.nsc.ac.uk. You can also contact the Agricultural Apprenticeships Assessor, Phil Goddard, on 01939 262186/262100 or email p.goddard@nsc.ac.uk.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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