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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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Yasmin Brindle

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"My lecturers were a massive support and friendly faces to go to if I needed help."

Yasmin Brindle
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agricultural Engineering

“I initially applied to Hadlow College to study a Level 3 course in Countryside Management. After completing a year of study, I decided it wasn’t for me and was going to apply to Mid Kent College for an Engineering course.

“Shortly before leaving, I discovered that Hadlow offered an Agricultural Engineering course. Having no farming background, I was sceptical about how I would get on, but with the support and patience of the lecturers, I learnt much in my two years at Hadlow.”

“I think my favourite thing was the learning curve and challenges that this course presented me. Going from knowing nothing about tractors, I managed to acquire a certain degree of knowledge from the lecturers and then apply this to practical activities.

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“On top of this, my lecturers were a massive support and friendly faces to go to if I needed help. I don’t think I could have completed my course without their support. 

“Many memories were made at Hadlow, either in the classroom or the workshop. The study tours that were put on as part of the course were great fun. In my first year, we visited the JCB Factory, and the Jaguar/Land Rover Factory - the technology in both factories was amazing to see.

“On completing this course, it was a massive career step, as without this qualification I wouldn't have been able to gain the job I have. I managed to get my current job through completing work experience at Haynes as part of the course.

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“Since leaving Hadlow, I have spent a large amount of my time on training, learning about New Holland tractors and JCBs; this has been spread between being on training courses and within the workshop, shadowing experienced technicians on how to diagnose and repair machinery. Now a year on, I am starting to go out on jobs unsupervised and am gaining new knowledge and experience each day. Being able to go out to certain jobs alone and being able to diagnose and repair has been a big career highlight for me so far.

“My advice to anyone seeking a similar role to mine is:  stick with it! Sometimes the learning curve can be extreme, but if you can knuckle down and focus on what you need to learn, you’ll excel. I would also like to advise my fellow girls that it doesn’t matter what negative comments people might have to say about your job, if it’s what you want to do, then prove them wrong and show them exactly what you can do.“

 

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