TORO distributor Lely UK has launched its new Turfcare Training Programme for 2015, which sees new courses and training venues introduced for the year.
New for this year is the introduction of tractor driving courses, added to complement the TYM range Lely distributes. Lely’s sprayer technician courses are also showing popularity during the early stages of 2015.
Neil Adams, head of training at Lely UK, said: “Our new TYM Compact Tractor Driving Award allows even the most experienced tractor drivers to update their knowledge and skills and get the very best out of the machinery we supply.
“The new course is already proving popular with experienced and novice operators alike.”
Lely’s sprayer technician courses are also proving popular, with the trend thought to be affected by upcoming legislation changes. Currently, anyone born before December 31, 1964, does not need a specificed Certificate of Competence (CoC) to apply professional plant protection products. As of November 2015, however, everyone will require a CoC to apply pesticides.
Lely is now City and Guilds (NPTC) accredited to offer this training with its Advanced Pesticides Application course, and is able to offer City & Guilds vocational training in a variety of land-based machinery disciplines to its customers, similar to that currently offered by colleges and other training providers across the country.
Along with being associated with a global leader in skills development, Adams says an added benefit of becoming City & Guilds accredited is a significant drop in course prices.
“We’ve essentially cut out the middle man, allowing us to offer our customers some fantastic training opportunities at a lower rate than past years.
“We’ve always offered the choice to deliver courses at our customers’ own premises, but often it’s more cost effective to train employees off site for the smaller companies. By making the courses more accessible UK-wide, we hope to encourage a higher participation in training.”
To access the 12-page guide to and get to know more about Toro’s industry-leading courses, log-on to the following Lely UK website to get all the latest and most up to date information: lelyliterature.co.uk.