Sowing seeds for future of agriculture



A ground-breaking agreement between the University of Lincoln and the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (LAMMA) will benefit young people training in the field of land-based technology.


LAMMA is working with staff at the University’s Riseholme campus to encourage young people into the diverse technological side of the agricultural sector through the First Diploma in Land-based Technology.


Signing the dealAs part of the agreement, which will initially run for five years, scholarships will be available to young people starting the course. The financial support for the scholarships and development of the course will be provided by LAMMA and will be worth around £56,000 in total.


Students will also benefit from the vast knowledge of LAMMA’s members through talks and visits. This is the first time that LAMMA has worked on an educational partnership.


Bill Meredith, Head of Agriculture and Land-based Studies at Riseholme College said:


“The University is delighted with the generous support provided by LAMMA for learners undertaking the First Diploma in Land-based Technology. By working together we can provide a programme which is tailored to the needs of employers and which will encourage new entrants – vital to the industry’s future.


“Land-based Technology is a broad, dynamic sector which offers a huge range of opportunities for individuals with the appropriate skills. The First Diploma is intended to develop basic land-based engineering skills and to form a solid foundation for a rewarding career.”


Commenting on the initiative, LAMMA President, Ray Larrington said:


 “One of the principal aims of the Lincolnshire Agriculture Machinery Manufacturers’ Association has been to stage a show which provides small farm machinery manufacturers in Lincolnshire with a shop window for their products, at a reasonable cost. The gift agreement with the University of Lincoln will supplement this effort by helping to provide a pool of qualified young people who will have the relevant skills and expertise to help these same manufacturers to drive their businesses forward.”


In the workshopStudents completing the one-year First Diploma in Land-based Technology can go on to specialise in a range of technological disciplines within the agricultural sector.


Steve Dennis, Workshop Unit Manager at Riseholme College, who teaches Land-based Technology students, said:


“This agreement will give the students a direct link to the industry. It will provide them with access to a wealth of experience. These young people have got a future in an industry that is advancing faster than most industries in the world.”


Land-based Technology student Craig Jackson (17) said:


“I enjoy the course because I would much rather be in a workshop than a classroom. Before I started here I wanted to be a car mechanic but then I heard about this course. When I finish I would like to get a job working with land-based machinery.”




The partnership agreement was signed by the University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, and President of LAMMA, Ray Larrington, on 18 November 2008.


LAMMA has agreed to donate £6,000 this academic year and £10,000 for each of the following five academic years to support students on the First Diploma Land-based Technology programme.


Students must complete the full term of the course to obtain the full £500 annual scholarship.


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