The Groundsman

July 2015

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AWARD SPONSOR 21 the Groundsman July 2015 Visit for more information and digital editions uch has been said about the gulf in industry expertise in the groundscare sector. The number of young people coming into the industry has fallen, despite the industry being an increasingly attractive career choice for many young people. The virtues of starting life from the bottom and working your way through the ranks is no better exemplified than at Kubota UK, whose managing director, Dave Roberts, worked his way up from apprentice to the top of the business. This is something Kubota is proud of and its commitment to youth training and development remains strong. The launch this year of a new technical apprentice programme represents a further pledge to training and development; offering valuable opportunities to young people keen to work in manufacturing and product development. The scheme is designed for individuals who are interested in a technical career in agricultural, horticulture or the construction industry and is ideally suited for individuals with at least two A Levels (or equivalent) and five GCSEs including maths, English and science, good communication skills, a practical hands-on approach and an interest in the industry, which is key for progression in Kubota's core product sectors. Dave commented on the launch: "Kubota UK is entering a considerable period of growth and development with our push into the professional farming sector, the continued growth in our construction equipment and building on our already strong reputation in groundscare. Giving opportunities to M Excellence as standard With major plans for investment and growth over the next decade, Kubota UK is serious about building the company from within, with training and apprenticeships key to realising its ambitions By: Dave Roberts keen young apprentices is something we're committed to, which is why we're very excited about the launch of our latest apprentice scheme." Successful applicants onto the scheme will spend their first 12 months at an engineering training school in Aylesbury, Bucks, to learn the basics in engineering and workshop practice. Individuals who show promise will progress onto a development or service role within Kubota, with further training delivered over the following three years. "Apprentices will also have the chance to work across other areas of the business such as sales, parts and finance, in order for them to gain a comprehensive overview of how the company operates," Dave explains. "Finally, after the full four years of training, applicants that have excelled and shown considerable promise will be offered a permanent position with Kubota UK. "There is a huge opportunity for career development across the industry, whether you're a groundsman or greenkeeper, or like us, you're a manufacturer supplying the industry. The popularity of apprenticeships is on the rise again, too, and for those interested in manufacturing, engineering and product development, the value of in- house training and the opportunities are considerable." For more information on Kubota's Technical Apprentice Programme or to find out how to apply, send your CV and a covering letter to Candice Dillingham at Kubota UK, Dormer Road, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3UN or email l Kubota UK shows strong commitment to youth training and development

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