Farmers Apprentice

Farmers Apprentice is Farmers Weekly’s response to the challenge of recruiting the best business minds into agriculture, by providing a platform from which young people from all walks of life can get a foot on to the farming ladder.

Ten young apprentices will be selected with a range of skills and interests in agriculture to take part in the Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp in July 2018.

The Bootcamp tasks will test the apprentices to their limits and draw on the full range of practical and technical skills needed for a successful career in agriculture. Farmers Apprentice will be working with industry partners to bring the best in technical expertise and agricultural equipment.

Registration now closed

Registration is now closed for Farmers Apprentice 2018. The ten finalists will be announced 4 May 2018.


The most gruelling job interview in British agriculture.

Bootcamp will reflect the wide range of skills and traits required to be a successful twenty-first century farmer. The tasks will be designed and delivered in collaboration with experts from across the agricultural industry.

Apprentices, working in teams and individually, will be judged on a multitude of transferable skills: communication, teamwork, personal initiative, presentation and creativity among many others.

In the past tasks have included:

  • Tractor assault course
  • Designing a cropping plan
  • Drone flight and precision mapping
  • Livestock husbandry
  • Product marketing at the Great Yorkshire Show

Ten young people hoping to kick-start their career in agriculture will be invited to participate. They will be tested both individually and in teams on a range of tasks that will push them both physically and mentally to the limit.

The Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp will take place in July 2018.

Benefits of winning

One of the ten apprentices, who proves themselves a step-above the rest and will receive £10,000 to help kick-start their career in the UK agriculture industry. They will also work with a top agricultural business person to help invest their money wisely.

Past winners have received:

Winner – £25,000 apprenticeship with Farmcare
Runner-up – 6 month placement with Farmcare

Winner – £10,000 grant to start their own farming business

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