Cumbria's Newton Rigg College will be showing day release and part time courses in agriculture from a satellite centre at the mart. These will range from courses for apprentices as part of their workbased learning to higher education degrees covering everything from livestock production to business skills and countryside management.
Alastair Philip, director of agriculture said: "This is an exciting initiative which has been driven by the response of the farming community in the north of England. We already have around 70 students who travel from County Durham and Northumberland to our campuses, so it makes sense to cut down on those travel costs and provide something locally. Robert Addison and his team at the Mart have made us very welcome and we're looking forward to getting cracking." The courses will be led by Mike Wilson, a senior lecturer in agriculture at Newton Rigg College.
Commenting on the initiative, Robert Addison, Managing Director of Hexham Auction Mart said: "We're delighted to be working with the College on this. It will be a huge benefit to the farming community and particularly young people as they can study closer to home and the mart is already a busy central hub for agriculture - it makes perfect sense."
It is also hoped that a similar programme of studies will be launched into game, countryside and wildlife management with the Northern School of Game and Wildlife Management which is based at Newton Rigg College.
For further details on the courses available, please contact Reception staff at the College on 01768 893400.