Grad­u­ates join col­lege as trainees


The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING -

Scot­land’s Ru­ral Col­lege, SRUC, has launched a new grad­u­ate trainee pro­gramme for agri­cul­tural con­sul­tants.

The first two stu­dents on the pro­gramme have just be­gun their two-year place­ments at the col­lege’s con­sult­ing arm SAC Con­sult­ing.

Iona Brisbane and Maimie Sloan were se­lected out of 110 grad­u­ates who ap­plied for the scheme.

As part of the scheme, the two grad­u­ates will spend four six-month place­ments across SAC Con­sult­ing’s network, be­fore be­ing given a po­si­tion at the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Iona Brisbane, who hails from an up­land beef and sheep farm just out­side Stran­raer, joins the scheme af­ter grad­u­at­ing from SRUC’s Ayr cam­pus with a BSc Hon­ours in Agri­cul­ture.

Maimie Sloan, who hails from a ru­ral back­ground in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, grad­u­ated from New­cas­tle Univer­sity in 2015 with a BSc in Agri­cul­ture with Hon­ours in An­i­mal Pro­duc­tion Sci­ence. She has spent the past two years work­ing as a tech­ni­cal sales ad­vi­sor for an an­i­mal feed com­pany in Devon.

SAC Con­sult­ing busi­ness man­ager Ge­orge Baikie, who is re­spon­si­ble for the scheme, said: “This new grad­u­ate trainee pro­gramme is in­tended to de­velop and nur­ture staff to meet or­gan­i­sa­tional de­mands as op­posed to fill­ing va­can­cies upon re­quire­ment.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Mike Wi­jn­berg, said: “SAC Con­sult­ing is a peo­ple busi­ness and we recog­nise that de­vel­op­ing tal­ent at all lev­els in our busi­ness is im­por­tant for our fu­ture.The ini­ti­a­tion of this pro­gramme rep­re­sents one el­e­ment in a wider port­fo­lio of ac­tiv­ity to build ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity in SAC Con­sult­ing for the fu­ture.” Landown­ers body Scot­tish Land and Es­tates (SLE) has launched a new cam­paign aimed at tack­ling fly­tip­ping and lit­ter­ing in ru­ral Scot­land.

The Care for the Coun­try­side ini­tia­tive urges mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port in­ci­dents of rub­bish dump­ing, while also high­light­ing the cost implications for ru­ral busi­nesses who fall vic­tim to fly­tip­ping on their land.

SLE pol­icy of­fi­cer Karen Ramoo said: “By pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble ac­cess to ru­ral ar­eas through the Care for the Coun­try­side cam­paign, we hope that it will in­crease aware­ness about the prob­lems of fly­tip­ping and also en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port dump­ing and lit­ter­ing where they see it tak­ing place.”

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