School leavers are being offered the chance to train for a career in the land-based sector with the expansion of an innovative rural internship scheme.
Six young people signed up to the first round of internships in 2013, which were run as a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council, Ringlink (Scotland) Ltd and the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society Ltd (SAOS).
Five of the interns have now successfully completed the pilot scheme. The sixth intern left early to take on full time employment in the agriculture industry.
Following the success of the pilot scheme, 12 more internship places are now available to young people in Aberdeenshire and beyond this year. The scheme is aimed at school leavers, to help them gain the vital work experience needed to boost their employment prospects, but all applications will be considered on their individual merits. Applications for the scheme are being invited by the end of April.
Successful candidates will be matched with a local farm or rural business for a 26-week work experience placement which starts with a two-week induction and training programme, incorporating safe methods of working, manual handling and instruction in tractor driving.
The application process is now open until the end of April. Interviews will take place in May.
For more information on the scheme, including how to apply, please visit www.goo.gl/Vp8Ech.