Coleg Sir Gar has brand new Pottinger machinery installed at Gelli Aur campus to help agricultural engineering students study high-end technology onsite.
Using European funding, the agricultural engineering team tendered for new machinery and as a result, Tallis Amos Group in Narberth supplied a Servo 25 plough and Davies Implements Ltd supplied a Power Harrow combination seed drill to Coleg Sir Gar ‘s Gelli Aur campus.
Representatives from all organisations involved, including former students employed by Tallis Amos and Davies Implements, attended the Pottinger workshop. An insight into the extensive working knowledge of the machinery was given to both agricultural and engineering students by Barry Humphreys, territory service manager for Wales, North West and West of England and Clive Richardson, area service manager.
Geraint Evans, Coleg Sir Gâr’s Agricultural Engineering Team Leader said: “We have a close working relationship with Pottinger as well as all the local dealers. Later on this year, we will be hosting trials on a new concept of companion cropping, simultaneously drilling maize and grass seed.
“The new machinery will further enhance the excellent teaching and learning experiences of our students. We are very aware of the need to supply engineers to work in such a fast growing technological and manufacturing industry.”
About Coleg Sir Gar:
Coleg Sir Gâr was created in 1985 and became a corporate institution in 1993. In 2013 it became Coleg Sir Gar Ltd, a company within the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David Group, and part of a regional Dual Sector University. The College has an annual turnover of over £30m and employs around 800 staff.
The College is based in South West Wales and has five main campuses at Llanelli (Graig), Carmarthen (Pibwrlwyd and Jobs Well), Ammanford and Llandeilo (Gelli Aur). The College is also home to Carmarthen School of Art which has its origins dating back to 1854.
The College has approximately 9,000 learners of which some 3,000 are full time and 6,000 are part time. There are approximately 900 higher education learners. It also offers its provision on-line, via partnerships at community locations and in the workplace.
The College has a comprehensive and broad range of academic and vocational learning programmes. These range from pre-entry to graduate level, providing a service to the whole learning community. It offers further education, adult and community learning, higher education, work based learning and bespoke programmes and services for business development. It also provides for large numbers of 14-16 school pupils who attend the College or are taught by College staff at their schools.
For more information please visit:www.colegsirgar.ac.uk