Farmers Apprentice 2020 – last chance to enter

There’s still time to enter one of the nation’s most prestigious, challenging and enjoyable competitions for young people – Farmers Apprentice 2020.

Open to all 18- to 25-year-olds, it’s a great chance to sharpen and showcase your skills, plus give your CV a winning edge in today’s competitive job market.

Farmers Weekly partners with leading companies to run the contest, aimed at anyone who wants to pursue a career in farming, food or the ancillary industries.

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Described as “the toughest job interview in agriculture”, it sees the shortlisted candidates battle it out through a series of practical and theoretical tasks in a bid to impress a panel of high-profile judges.

What is Farmers Apprentice?

The competition is open to all ambitious 18- to 25-year-olds, who want to pursue a career in farming, food or any of the ancillary industries. Farmers Weekly partners with leading companies to run the initiative. It traditionally culminates in 10 competitors battling it out at bootcamp.

You could win £10,000
Yes, that’s right, the winner of this coveted title will go home with £10,000 to spend on furthering their agricultural education or business. Taking part is invaluable experience, too, and will help you expand your knowledge, hone your skills, improve your CV, build your contacts – and have a lot of fun.

How to enter 
Go to and convince us – in 500 words or fewer – that we should shortlist you to take part in bootcamp. The deadline for entries is 28 June. The finalists will be notified in July.

Covid-19 and Farmers Apprentice
Farmers Weekly, Massey Ferguson and Bayer are committed to acting responsibly in relation to Covid-19, so will make a decision nearer the time, based on government advice, on whether it is safe and responsible to run the bootcamp, which has traditionally marked the culmination of the apprentice competition, later in the year.

These business, technical and hands-on tasks will be very much rooted in real-life – highlighting the genuine challenges British farmers face now and in the future.

The winner will take home the prize of a life-changing £10,000 to spend on their agricultural education or business.

Originally introduced in 2012, the Farmers Apprentice competition is open to everyone, whether they’re from a rural or urban background, and is a unique chance to develop your skills, push yourself to the limit, forge contacts and make new friends.

It aims to encourage the best business minds from all backgrounds to pursue a career in agriculture.

Previous years have seen the final 10 candidates go head-to-head at a week-long residential bootcamp. but Farmers Weekly and sponsors Massey Ferguson and Bayer are obviously committed to acting responsibly in relation to coronavirus, so will make a decision nearer the time, based on government advice, whether to do this or find an alternative way of putting contestants through their paces.

To be in with a chance of reaching the shortlist, you’ll have to impress us – and you’ve got to do it quickly as the closing date for applications is 28 June, 2020.

Go to, fill out the entry form and record a short video clip telling us why you’ve got what it takes.

Remember, you’ll be up against some strong competition so you’ll need to wow us with your attitude and aptitude.

You’ll need to demonstrate that you could be worthy of making a shortlist that in previous years has included people who have gone on to set up their own businesses, make fantastic changes to their family farms and land great jobs with top employers.

Getting shortlisted is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and put yourself ahead of the crowd in terms of your employability.

Taking part is also a huge amount of fun, so if you’ve got talent, a passion for farming and a hunger to learn, you could be just the person we’re searching for.

Don’t look back in a few months’ time and wish you’d entered. Do it now!

Farmers Apprentice is sponsored by:

Headline sponsors:
Massey Ferguson BayerClimate Field View

Bootcamp partners: