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Dumfries and Galloway dairy sector targets school leavers

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Image caption Organisers said the placements would see school leavers given "practical tasks" in dairy farming

A bid to address skills shortages in the dairy sector is targeting school leavers in Dumfries and Galloway.

The partnership project offers young people with no previous experience 12-week placements on local farms.

Brian Williams, of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), said participants would not be "stuck behind a brush" but rather be given "practical tasks".

Trainees will be given a "certificate of work readiness" and references on completion of the course.

The project involves SRUC, NFU Scotland, training organisation Lantra, Dumfries and Galloway Employment's Total Access Point and Skills Development Scotland.

Mr Williams said: "This is a unique initiative that recognises the vital importance of practical skills training to the success of the farming industry.

"We're seeking males and females of school leaving age and the only prerequisite is that they are enthusiastic about becoming involved in dairy farming."

A total of 40 placements will begin this September with further opportunities early in 2015.

Anyone interested can find out more on the SRUC website.

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