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Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

By studying a course in agriculture or agricultural engineering at Hadlow College you can become part of an industry which is key to the production of food, preservation of the countryside and the ongoing survival of the rural economy.

Agriculture

Through practical experience on the College farms and dairy, as well as working on machinery and in our workshop facilities, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural industry. They are involved in all aspects of the farming year - including lambing, shearing, ploughing and harvest - and assist with the College’s award-winning dairy herd. The Agricultural team have an array of experience ranging from crop, soil, plant, livestock, machinery and business management, and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the courses. The courses have a mixture of practical and theory and are delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities.

Partnerships for Area

FGS, Burdens farms, Park Farm and JPF Farms.

Careers

  • Farm Worker
  • Shepherd
  • Stockperson
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Herdsperson
  • Agriculture Contractor
  • Agriculture Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-employed Engineer or Technician
  • Tractor Driver
  • Agriculture Inspector

 

Agricultural Engineering

Through practical experience in the College workshops, as well as working on machinery restoration projects for local farmers, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural engineering industry. They are involved in all aspects of engineering - including welding, fabrication, servicing, engine and transmission rebuilds, hydraulics and suspension systems, restorations, machinery operations and ploughing.

The engineering team have an array of experience ranging from workshop management, engineering, machinery operation specialists and industry trainers. All our staff bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

The course has a mixture of practical and theory and is delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural workshop facilities and machinery training yard.

Partnerships for Area

Crawfords, Haynes, Burden Bros, Agwoods and Coppards.

Careers

  • Agricultural Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-Employed Engineer or Technician
  • Truck or Bus Engineer or Technician
  • Workshop Manager
  • Machinery Contractor
  • Dealership Technician
  • Interchangeable Large Motor Vehicle Skills

 

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Have a curious mind, never give up and always be positive. Don’t be afraid of having a hands-on approach - without getting your hands dirty in this sector, you will never get anywhere. 

Alin Borleanu
HND International Agriculture 

Alin Borleanu is the Field Trials Manager for NIAB, the UK’s fastest-growing crop science organisation, with rapidly-expanding research capabilities in plant genetics, agronomy, farming systems and data science, the largest national field trials capability, and strong research links with industry, government and academia. Employing more than 300 people across the UK, NIAB provides scientific research, technical services and practical advice to improve the yield, efficiency and resilience of crop production across the arable, forage and horticulture sectors. It is a not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Cambridge and regional offices across the country.

Alin came to study at Hadlow College after studying at the University of Craiova in his home country of Romania. He says: “After visiting the college for an initial chat with one of the lecturers, and after reading a few reviews about the college, I was very excited to study at Hadlow. Also at the time, I was working for a local farm in soft fruit production, and Hadlow College was in the next village, so it was very convenient for me.”

He recalls some of his favourite aspects of the course: “It provided the opportunity to learn about novel crops, which in other parts of the world are not novel at all. In June 2010, we went on a study tour to France, where we had the opportunity to see some of the local farms and their farming systems.”

“Meeting other international students on the course made everything more interesting and captivating. Everyone had a different perspective of agriculture - and getting to know their perspective opened up new horizons for myself and made me think more outside the box.”

His overall memories of studying at Hadlow are hugely positive: “It helped me with improving my English skills a lot, through learning all the agricultural terminology. In addition, it gave me the courage to go out there and put out my CV to more employers.”

After leaving Hadlow, Alin continued working for the local farm for another season then applied for a job as a Trials Officer in soft fruit production with another local company. He says, “Following a few years working with them, I wanted to do something else other than soft fruit production, and I found a job with NIAB. I applied and was successful.”

In 2016, following a couple of years working for NIAB, Alin was offered a job opportunity as a soft fruit farm manager in Australia. He worked out there for a year before having to return to the UK for personal reasons.  He says: “I’d very much enjoyed my time with NIAB before leaving for Australia, so I got in contact with them to see what the prospects of getting my old job back were, and now I’m working again with them as a Field Trials Manager.

“My role involves the day-to-day running of a regional trials centre (Kent), and together with my team, we’re running all the regional trials for NIAB. Since NIAB merged with East Malling Research in 2016, our offices were relocated to East Malling, and we are managing fruit trials as well.”

Asked about his career highlights, Alin replies: “I think running the regional trials centre for a prestigious company such as NIAB is more than I ever dreamt of. You get to meet many customers, some of them big names in the agriculture and horticulture industry. In addition, some of the projects we manage are on an international scale, which makes things more exciting.”

Does he have any advice to others seeking a similar role to his own? ”Have a curious mind, never give up and always be positive. Don’t be afraid of having a hands-on approach - without getting your hands dirty in this sector, you will never get anywhere. Finally, dare to try - you never know what will be your dream job.”

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