Shuttleworth College students practice with the best equipment

The college offers progression to degree level courses for school leavers and adults

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:38 pm

Trainee farmers at Shuttleworth College have the very best equipment to practise on - including a £22,000 Vicon crop sprayer.

Workers need a special license to operate this tractor and boom, which is a ticket to employability in the British farming industry.

Toby and Jenson, both 18, know they are lucky to be attending the only agricultural college in the region which offers access to the latest equipment.

Trainee farmers at Shuttleworth College get to use this £22,000 Vicon crop sprayer
Trainee farmers at Shuttleworth College get to use this £22,000 Vicon crop sprayer

Shuttleworth College is part of The Bedford College Group and offers progression to degree level courses for school leavers and adults at Old Warden Park, near Biggleswade.

Head of Department for Land and Environment Shane Durham said: “Shuttleworth College offers a route in to a career in the fast changing and growing farming industry which is crying out for new talent.”

A wide range of agricultural courses are on offer at a genuine working farm complete with its own sheep and cattle. The Red Poll cattle are kept for both milk and meat.