Almost a third more apprenticeships are being offered in agriculture, horticulture and animal care.

Between August and October 2013, the number of apprenticeship vacancies rose to 630 compared with 490 in the same period in 2012.

Every vacancy attracts an average of 16 applications, so employers are being urged to offer more places to meet this demand.

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“These figures show that Apprenticeships are growing in appeal to young people,” said Richard Marsh from the National Apprenticeship Service. “Even more young women are seeking out this unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience.

“Apprenticeships in agriculture offer a huge range of opportunities for people who would like to work on livestock or arable farms.”
Richard Marsh, National Apprenticeship Service

“In 2012-13 more than 7,000 individuals started an apprenticeship in agriculture, horticulture and animal care which is great news for the sector.

“Apprenticeships in agriculture offer a huge range of opportunities for people who would like to work on livestock or arable farms. They are available at both intermediate and higher levels and include job roles such as shepherd, agriculture machinery operator or livestock technician.”

The South East saw the greatest increase in both vacancies (up 150% year-on-year) and applications (up 89%) in the sector, while applications from women rose by more than half (55%)

To apply for, or advertise, a vacancy, visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.