State-of-the-art venue to host Farmers Apprentice bootcamp

The venue for the 2016 Farmers Apprentice has been announced and will be home to 10 contestants for a week which promises to be an experience of a lifetime.

The venue, Bishop Burton College, is based just outside Hull.

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

Set in more than 360ha, the college has a working mixed farm, including arable, livestock and dairy.

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The farm provides a great practical training environment for students, equipping them with the latest skills needed to enter the ever-changing agricultural sector as fully-prepared graduates.

Bishop Burton

Bishop Burton is a great choice to stage the 2016 Farmers Apprentice, says Farmers Weekly’s editor, Karl Schneider:

“The setting and access to such a breadth of practical training scenarios that span all the key food and farming sectors, combined with the skills, enthusiasm and energy of the college’s team will make this week-long bootcamp a challenging, rewarding and memorable experience for everyone.”

Bishop Burton was rated the number one land-based college in the country by the Skills Funding Agency last year.

As well as providing vocational, hands-on learning across more than 17 subject areas spanning agriculture and equine subjects up to Master’s degree level, it holds strong partnerships with industry.

Agrii has its northern research centre based on site and it works closely with the whole food and farming chain including retailers and suppliers such as Dunbia, Cranswick Country Foods and ABP.

Student driving at Bishop Burton

These partnerships not only enrich the curriculum, they also provide vital work experience and employment opportunities for graduates.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of Bishop Burton College, adds: “I am delighted that Bishop Burton has been chosen as host.

“The agriculture industry is an ever-changing sector that continues to need fresh talent and expertise, so initiatives like this are fundamental to raising awareness of the exciting and dynamic careers available within the sector.

“We are confident our campus, with its state-of-the-art resources and facilities, will provide a unique and rewarding experience for those taking part.”

If you are 18-25 years old and looking for that first step on the ladder to launch a career in agriculture then apply for the 2016 Farmers Apprentice.

The competition is open both to people with no background in farming and those who are already working or studying within the agricultural field.

The winner will walk into a year’s internship on Farmcare, one of Britain’s biggest farming businesses.

See the Farmers Apprentice website for details on how you can apply to take part in the competition.

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