A LONG-STANDING partnership has reached another milestone with the announcement of new student scholarships.

For the past five years, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, and agricultural supply company, Carrs Billington, have worked together on a number of initiatives including agriculture events at the college, work placements for students and support for its alumni organisation, the Newton Rigg Society.

Students also have the chance to apply for scholarships to assist their education and this year eight students shared £4,500.

They were presented with their awards and cheques by Rae Tomlinson, managing director, during a recent visit to the company's head office in Carlisle. Afterwards, the students enjoyed a tour of the country store, workshops and offices.

Mr Tomlinson said: "We value the partnership and close links with students and staff alike. The scholarship scheme is another way of investing in the future of farming that is so crucial to Carrs Billington and the fabric of our environment.

"The students are the prospective customers and employees of Carrs Billington and the future custodians of British farming."

The successful students were Hannah Richardson, Ebony Telford, Laura Elliot, Matthew Clark (agriculture), Jack Depledge and Hannes McNeill (countryside management) and Paul Bennett and Andrew Hewart, who are studying land based technology.

Outgoing principal Wes Johnson said: "Throughout my time as principal, the college has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Carrs Billington. Their ongoing support is much appreciated and valued.

"Newton Rigg is committed to ensuring our graduates are work ready individuals, our relationship with employers and industry partners such as Carrs Billington is essential in shaping the effective learning journey of our young people."