A Duchy College Rosewarne student has received the first of its kind scholarship with Vincent Tractors. The scholarship which has been developed in partnership with the Land-based Technical Diploma at Duchy College provides the successful applicant with a work placement at Vincent Tractors as well as a package worth £1,500 consisting of a £500 tool voucher, laptop computer, certificate of competence course and transport support.
Lecturer on the land-based technology diploma, Danny Sellors, explains how the scholarship came about; “Vincent Tractors approached Duchy College as they wanted to give something back to the industry as they just celebrated their 50th anniversary of being in business. They recognised that there is a short fall in the agricultural engineers and wanted to promote the job as a route straight from school.”
The successful applicant was Aiden Kent, who described his feelings on successfully getting the scholarship as “Pleased, I had to go through the interview and a week works trial and then wait about two months for my results before I knew if I had got it, it’s a good accomplishment.”
Aiden has now started on the Land-based technology course whilst working at Vincent Tractors two days a week. “If I learn something I can go in the next day and apply it. The thing I enjoy most is fixing something, at Vincent Tractors they have a Kubota which I helped to fix when the gear box went.”
The course at Duchy College provides students with all the skills and experience they need to have a successful career as an agricultural engineer or to branch out into other fields such as becoming a plant engineer or off shore engineer.
Sales and Marketing Manager at Vincent Tractors, Matthew Hodge, said “it’s great that we are able to offer a scholarship that we hope will encourage more young people into the industry and bring more knowledge and skills into the company.”
“Investing in talent been consistently important to us over the last 50 years” said Paul Vincent, Managing Director at Vincent Tractors. “The machinery might change, but high-quality engineering and customer service is what’s kept us here, so it makes sense that we help the next generation of local engineers to develop these skills too.”
Danny Sellors said “I’m very pleased that Vincent Tractors have been able to offer this scholarship at Duchy College Rosewarne, It shows the close ties that the course has with industry. It’s also important as it raises awareness that it’s the industry chasing our qualifications, they have recognised a shortfall in young people wanting a career in agricultural engineering and are investing in their company’s future”.