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Farm mentors sought for Ross-shire work placement scheme for young folk


By Hector MacKenzie


Alan McLean of HBS Ring believes the scheme helps to bring much-needed fresh blood into the industry.
Alan McLean of HBS Ring believes the scheme helps to bring much-needed fresh blood into the industry.

A SCHEME offering young people in Ross-shire an introduction to working in agriculture and the land-based sector is on the lookout for mentors.

The scheme aims to provide the fresh blood many believe essential to the future of the industry.

It is being championed in Ross-shire by Alan McLean of the Black Isle-based farming cooperative HBS Ring Ltd.

He's hoping to find a six-month work placement slot for a land-based pre-apprentice within a 15-mile radius of the Maryburgh area.

Candidates have completed a three-week practical training induction at the Scottish Rural College in Aberdeen, obtaining a variety of qualifications from tractor driving to crop and livestockl production and first aid.

In his appeal for local mentors, Mr McLean said: "People say we need new young blood to enter the industry. Here's the chance to pass on your knowledge and experience to a young school leaver who is very keen to enter agriculture."

He can be contacted on 07768 356435.



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