A pioneering milk industry scheme being delivered at Hartpury College and University Centre Hartpury has reached an important landmark.
The first group of students on the Parlour Safe programme – supported by all the major milking equipment manufacturers – at Hartpury have successfully completed the ground-breaking course.
The qualification leads to engineers being registered as Engineering Technicians (Eng Tec) within the Engineering Council.
Parlour Safe is a national scheme developed by the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) and backed by the Red Tractor Assured Food Standards scheme to provide a benchmark for the competence of milking technicians.
Supported by all of the UK’s major milking equipment manufacturers, it provides a training programme of accreditation for all engineers and technicians installing, maintaining and repairing milking equipment.
Hartpury, which has a commercial farm on its 360-hectare campus that includes a dairy unit for 250 cows, is one of only two training centres in the UK chosen by the MEA to deliver the course.
Lecturer Ian Coleman, who is managing the scheme at Hartpury, explained: “We’re proud to be among a very select band of places to be offering the course – it’s a ringing endorsement of the facilities and staff expertise we have here.
“The course is extremely comprehensive and features units ranging from animal behaviour to parlour design, from health and safety legislation to electronic installations.
“The advantage for the students who have just finished our course, who already work full-time within the industry, is that they now have independent accreditation recognised across the UK milking sector.
“We’re delighted that our second group of students from within the industry have now embarked on the course with us and we look forward to welcoming many more on a continuing basis in the future."