Rural Training By Stuart Blair
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Many of you will have heard or even been on one of the Gamekeeping courses at North Highland College, UHI, but did you know that there have been significant changes over the last 4 years? The Gamekeeping department, along with both the Equine and Veterinary Nursing teams are based at the Rural Studies Centre, near Halkirk in Caithness. The Centre was opened by HRH Prince Charles in Autumn 2013 and is located in converted farm buildings, which provide up to date facilities, both in and outdoors. Changes over the years have brought in new legislation, increased public scrutiny, changes in land use, which all need covered and demand a â€œnewâ€? type of training. These changes do not negate the need for practical skills, but the challenge is always to produce graduates with wide ranging skill sets for the modern workplace. A consistent feature of the Gamekeeping course is
student placements, which involve students working on estates and visiting the college for weekly blocks. Placements provide excellent training and give students a holistic view of the workplace, as they feel part of an estate team. Our work placement providers are one of the secrets to our success at North Highland College. The courses, offer progression from Modern Apprentice to Degree level for all ages and we provide a full range of support services; Guidance and Support for Learning, so that the main focus for students is study and enjoyment of their time at college. The post-course success rate, in terms of secure employment in the industry, is very good and previous graduates have gone on to find full-time employment in Scotland and further afield. In addition to full time courses, we also deliver courses commercially; DMQ 1 & 2, ATV training and snaring courses.
If interested, call us now on: 01847 889000, or look at our website: www.northhighland.uhi.ac.uk 41