Agricultural supply company Carrs Billington, which has bases throughout the North, has offered support to seven Newton Rigg College students through scholarships worth a total of £6,000.
The students, who are studying a range of courses in countryside management, agriculture and engineering, were presented with their awards during a ceremony at the college conducted by Rae Tomlinson, the company’s managing director.
“It gives me great pleasure to reward these young people for their educational achievements and help them towards successful careers in agriculture, the environment and rural pursuits,” he said.
“It is part of our commitment, not just to the farming industry but to the entire rural community, which we service and supply from our 26 country stores.”
Newton Rigg College, which currently caters for around 800 students, offers full and part-time further and higher education courses, with subjects including agriculture, horticulture, forestry, countryside management, sport, engineering, public services, equine, child care, game-keeping and animal management.
It also offers a range of apprenticeship courses.
In July 2011, the college became part of the Yorkshire-based Askham Bryan College group, which has a number of centres across the North, and since then a number of major investments have been made there.
The students receiving scholarships are William Wright, Matthew Grainger and Robert Palmer who are studying countryside management; and Ellen Elliott, Thomas Gorst, Olivia Grindley and Matthew Todhunter, who study agriculture.
Newton Rigg principal Wes Johnson said: “We enjoy an excellent working relationship with Carrs Billington and that has been the case now for a number of years. Their support for our students and their encouragement is much appreciated and valued.
“There are tough demands on young people today in terms of their studies and resources, so a partnership such as this not only provides our students with financial assistance to help gain important qualifications, but also enables them to forge links with a vibrant go ahead company at the heart of the Cumbrian community.
“It is also a valuable endorsement of our commitment to providing work-ready individuals which lies at the heart of education here at Newton Rigg.”
Carrs Billington was formed following the merger of Carrs Agriculture Ltd, Billington Agriculture Ltd and AF feeds.
After acquiring the Pye Bibby business in 2005, the company went on to expand its ruminant feed production sites.
Carrs operates a network of 26 Country Stores, with locations including Barnard Castle, Berwick, Hexham, Jedburgh, Morpeth, Spennymoor and Wooler.
It is also a major agent for many leading brands of farm machinery.