Know How / Farmers Apprentice

Farmers Apprentice is a Farmers Weekly initiative, working with industry partners, aimed at helping young people from all walks of life to get into farming.

Ten young apprentices are selected from applications to take part in a Farmers Apprentice bootcamp, which teaches and tests the apprentices on a range of practical and technical farming tasks.

The winner is awarded a prize, which varies year to year, in 2018 the prize is a grant of £10,000.

Read all of the news from the Apprentice below and you can visit the Farmers Apprentice website for more information.

Advice and tips

8 tips for starting your own agribusiness

Hannah Moule, 34, launched rural surveying firm Moule & Co in 2010 from her parents’ kitchen table with a laptop, a car and a handful of local clients. In five…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

A beginner's guide to careers in agriculture and farming

Some people find the idea of a career in agriculture hilarious. They think it is all mud, wellies and sticking your arm up the business end of a cow. But…

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Case studies

FARMLIFE

'Farmers Apprentice is of the best things I've done'

Having emerged as winner of Farmers Apprentice in the summer of 2016, it was just a matter of weeks before Joe Weston arrived in the yard of an East Yorkshire…

Farming careers: Global product manager at New Holland

Dan Halliday is a global product manager for precision farming at New Holland, based in Burr Ridge, Chicago. He was born and bred in Leicestershire and finds himself in the US…

Farming careers: Working in the food retail industry

Farming is only one of the professions available in the field of agriculture. The relationship between supermarkets and farmers is getting closer and this is opening up new career opportunities.…

Farming careers: Agricultural development manager

Agriculture offers a diverse range of jobs in the food supply chain and the retail sector has many career options for people with agricultural experience and qualifications. Will Jackson has…

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Community

YOUNG FARMERS

Ben Theaker: Farmers Apprentice – laughs, mates and muck

During this year’s scorcher of a summer I had the unbelievable opportunity to take part in a brutal boot camp. The week would test my skills, my nerve and most…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Farmers Apprentice winner embarks on NZ adventure

Having won the coveted Farmers Apprentice competition and the £10,000 cash prize to invest in his farming future, Sam Coote has begun another adventure – heading to New Zealand. “I…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Apprentice 2018: What makes a winner?

The Farmers Apprentice bootcamp (15-20 July) will be an action-packed, fun-filled week when our shortlisted contestants will go head to head. They'll be put through their paces in a series of…

Farming: 11 professions rolled into one

We want to highlight what farmers are really like, rather than the checked shirt-wearing, hay-chomping, cider-drinking stereotypical image. OK, so they are actually all those things – but farming is a multifaceted…

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Insights

FARMLIFE

2018 Farmers Apprentices survival strategy for bootcamp

The Farmers Apprentice is a unique opportunity for young people aged 18-25 who have their hearts set on a career in agriculture, with a £10,000 prize on offer to kick-start the…

Calling 18-25 year olds: Get yourself to bootcamp

The 2016 Farmers Apprentice is on the hunt for bright young talent, aged 18-25 years, to take part in a week long residential bootcamp at Bishop Burton agricultural college near…

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News

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Revealed: The winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018

And the winner is... ... 22 year old Sam Coote from County Durham has been crowned the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018, following 5 days of challenging tasks. Sam beat…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 6 – watch the final

After four days packed with gruelling challenges, we have reached the final day of bootcamp. But before we announce the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018 the teams have something a…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 5 – watch now

It’s the penultimate day of Farmers Apprentice 2018 bootcamp and the competition is heating up as the girls take on the boys in task 4. Never has the environment been…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 4 – watch now

In episode 4, the apprentices work on a range of machinery-related tasks – setting up a plough, building a business case for a contractor business and then servicing some Kubota…

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Video

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 6 – watch the final

After four days packed with gruelling challenges, we have reached the final day of bootcamp. But before we announce the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018 the teams have something a…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 5 – watch now

It’s the penultimate day of Farmers Apprentice 2018 bootcamp and the competition is heating up as the girls take on the boys in task 4. Never has the environment been…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 4 – watch now

In episode 4, the apprentices work on a range of machinery-related tasks – setting up a plough, building a business case for a contractor business and then servicing some Kubota…

FARMLIFE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 3 – watch now

The apprentices get to grips with livestock in the third episode of Farmers Apprentice, Farmers Weekly’s unique competition for young people who want to build a future in farming. The…

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