Oaklands College and Rothamsted Research announce apprenticeship scheme

Rothamsted Research in Harpenden has teamed up with St Albans' Oaklands College

Rothamsted Research in Harpenden has teamed up with St Albans' Oaklands College - Credit: Photo supplied

The longest-running agricultural research station in the world has teamed up with a St Albans college to launch an apprenticeship programme.

Oaklands College has joined forces with Rothamsted Research in Harpenden to start the institute’s first formal apprenticeship scheme.

The aim is to encourage young local people to bring ideas to the centre.

In return, apprentices will be able to tap into a wealth of knowledge from scientific experts and administrative staff while earning a wage as they work.

Oaklands’ head of business development Andrea Fitzgerald said the scheme provided “local jobs for local people”.

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Rothamsted will offer apprenticeships across all areas including laboratory and agricultural science, horticulture, IT and communications.

Centre director Prof Achim Dobermann hailed it as a fantastic opportunity, adding, “we hope to gain access to new talent that will complement our existing workforce, while improving the institute’s productivity and competitiveness.”

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