What is Farmers Apprentice?

Farmers Apprentice is Farmers Weekly’s response to the challenge of recruiting the best young business minds into agriculture, by providing a platform from which people from all walks of life can get a foot on the farming ladder.

We’re scouring the country for the best young minds in the UK to apply to take part in the Farmers Apprentice bootcamp. The five-day challenge takes place between 10th-15th July 2016, where 10 finalists will work together on a range of farming tasks.

From these 10 competitors, the judges will choose a winner.

What is the prize?

One person, who proves themselves a step-above the rest will walk away with a one-year placement at UK Farmcare Ltd, one of the biggest farming operation in the UK, with a remuneration package worth £25,000.

Who should apply?

Career opportunities in agriculture aren’t limited to working directly on a farm.

There is a huge industry that supports farmers that spans from building high tech farm equipment and developing new plant breeds and varieties to managing complex supply chains and interrogating farm data to making real time management decisions.

Anyone with ambitions for a career in agriculture should apply whether from a farming background or not.

We’re particularly interested in applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 with the following skills:

  • A degree in engineering, science, geography, agriculture, economics, business or IT
  • Commercial awareness: an understanding of basic business skills and strategy
  • Practical understanding of farm management and operations

What is bootcamp?

The most gruelling job interview in British agriculture.

The Farmers Weekly bootcamp is an intensive five-day challenge that will test you on all the business and practical skills it takes to work in modern days agriculture.

This year bootcamp is based at Bishop Burton College, just outside Hull.

The 360ha site has a working mixed farm, including arable, livestock and dairy and was rated the number one land-based college in the country by the Skills Funding Agency last year.

The college boasts state-of-the-art precision technology, including unmanned aerial vehicles, a range of virtual reality simulators, and GPS navigation software.

10 people will be invited to bootcamp, five with excellent farming credentials and five with no-farming background but an attitude and skill set that could set the world of agriculture alight.

They will be tested both individually and in teams on a range of tasks that will push them both physically and mentally to the limit.

They will be monitored and mentored throughout the week by a panel of expert judges who will eventually choose one winner to take up the £25,000 one-year placement with Farmcare.

Bootcamp will take place 10th-15th July 2016.

Song: Requiem for a Fish by The Freak Fandango Orchestra

How to enter

Step 1: If you’re aged between 18-25 on 20 July 2016 enter now.

Step 2: Put the bootcamp dates in your diary. You need to be available between 10th – 15th July 2016 July

Step 3: Get your camera and tell us in 60 seconds why you’re awesome and the answer to the challenges facing British agriculture

Step 4: Upload your video to Youtube by 30 April and send us the link

See the full Terms & Conditions for the competition.

Why are we running Farmers Apprentice?

Farming is the biggest job on earth and the foundation on which the modern world was built, yet for 21st Century society it has for too long been too easy to forget our roots.

A perfect storm of more mouths to feed, a finite amount of energy and water with which to feed them, a changing and more extreme climate and a volatile global market in which to trade means the global food system is at risk.

At first glance these challenges are really too big and complex to grasp, but the role of farmers and agriculture in resolving them is indisputable.

World class challenges need world class farmers and that is what the Farmers Apprentice competition is all about.

We’re looking for the brightest and best talent from across the country to come and work in agriculture.

On a global scale the challenges in this sector are enormous, but due to the nature of our food system, these challenges are reflected right down the chain in the fields of British farms, on the shelves of supermarkets, in the workshops of tractor manufacturers and in the labs of plant scientists.

Businesses spanning the whole food chain from farm to fork are on the hunt for the best brains to come and help them solve these challenges and the Farmers Apprentice competition is here to help them do just that.