FTMTA News 11th October 2017

Claas Academy Opened

IMG_0552FTMTA member firm, Claas opened an impressive, state of the art, training centre recently in support of their UK and Ireland business. The Claas Academy is located at Saxham in Suffolk and will facilitate the training of service personnel and other staff from the Claas dealer network in the UK and Ireland. The official opening of the new academy marks the first phase in an overall redevelopment of the Saxham site within which the Claas head office for the UK and Ireland is co located with their local dealer Manns.

It was interesting to note from some of the comments made during the opening ceremony that many of the same difficulties encountered in Ireland in terms of attracting high calibre new recruits to a career as agricultural service technicians that exist in Ireland are also encountered in the UK. A career in the modern farm machinery industry can be a rewarding, challenging and interesting one and it is incumbent on the industry to sell itself better as a career option if it wants to attract suitable young people to work within its ranks. To paraphrase one of the speakers at the Claas opening, an industry that is very good at marketing its products will have to become significantly better at marketing itself as a career.

Be a part of a stronger, professional, farm machinery industry – join the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association – contact FTMTA at 045 409309 or membership@ftmta.ie for details.

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