What is Farmers Apprentice?
Farming is a career young people from all walks of life should have the opportunity get in to and consider a positive opportunity. The Farmers Apprentice is Farmers Weekly’s response to the challenge of recruiting fresh talent into agriculture and helping young people from across the UK get a foot on the farming ladder.
So far, we’ve scoured the country for 10 stand-out farming hopefuls between the ages of 18-25, put them through a week long farming business bootcamp and filmed their every move.
Now we are launching a 5-part series, the Farmers Apprentice which will reveal how they got on.
The documentary promises a unique examination of what it takes to succeed in farming - head, hands and heart in equal measure. Be sure not to miss it.
The person who impressed our judges the most at bootcamp will win £10,000 cash to help kick-start a career in farming.
Watch the campaign recruitment trailer
Why are we doing it?
In short we want less talk and more action on the issue of recruiting 60,000 new entrants into agriculture over the next 10 years.
Farmers Weekly has teamed up with McDonalds with a shared belief that this target will not be met unless urgent action is taken to attract fresh talent into the farming industry. Through the Farmers Apprentice we hope to show what a thriving, entrepreneurial and innovative industry farming is and light a fire within talented, but increasingly office-bound youngsters by showcasing the opportunities that lie in wait in the British countryside.