2017-04-05 

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Industry Support for College Students

A long standing partnership between two Cumbrian organisations has reached another milestone with the announcement of new student scholarships.

For the last five years Newton Rigg College and agricultural supply company, Carrs Billington, have worked together on a number of initiatives including agriculture events at the college, work placements for students and support for its alumni organisation, the Newton Rigg Society. In addition, students have the chance to apply for scholarships to assist their education needs and this year eight students shared £4,500.

Front, left to right, Ian Powley, Carrs Billington Agriculture, Wes Johnson, Newton Rigg Campus Principal, Rae Tomlinson, Carrs Billington Agriculture; back, left to right, students Paul Bennett, Matthew Clark, Hannes McNeill, Jack Hewatt, Hannah Richardson, Laura Elliott, Ebony Telford, Jack Depledge.

Front, left to right, Ian Powley, Carrs Billington Agriculture, Wes Johnson, Newton Rigg Campus Principal, Rae Tomlinson, Carrs Billington Agriculture; back, left to right, students Paul Bennett, Matthew Clark, Hannes McNeill, Jack Hewatt, Hannah Richardson, Laura Elliott, Ebony Telford, Jack Depledge.

They were presented with their awards and cheques by Managing Director, Rae Tomlinson, during a recent visit to the company's head office in Carlisle. Afterwards the students enjoyed a tour of the country store, workshops and offices.

Commenting on the scholarships scheme, Mr Tomlinson said:
“Carrs Billington Agriculture is delighted to continue to be involved with Newton Rigg College. We value the partnership and close links with students and staff alike. The scholarship scheme is another way of investing in the future of farming that is so crucial to Carrs Billington and the fabric of our environment. The students are the prospective customers and employees of Carrs Billington and the future custodians of British farming.”

The successful students were Hannah Richardson, Ebony Telford, Laura Elliot, Matthew Clark (agriculture), Jack Depledge and Hannes McNeill (countryside management) and Paul Bennett and Andrew Hewart, who are studying land based technology.

Out going Principal Wes Johnson said:
“Throughout my time as Principal the college has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Carrs Billington. Their ongoing support is much appreciated and valued. Newton Rigg is committed to ensuring our graduates are work ready individuals, our relationship with employers and industry partners such as Carrs Billington is essential in shaping the effective learning journey of our young people. ”

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