The agricultural industry employs 293,000 people of which 60,000 are seasonal agricultural workers. The industry needs to recruit 595,000 new entrants by 2020. The average age of a farm worker is 55 and the average age of a farmer is 65. The industry needs to attract and retain new talent.
Sainsbury’s supply chain are now looking to develop their own talent. DWP are working with Staff Line (agriculture), British Growers Association and Sainsbury’s to promote their industry-leading apprenticeship scheme. The farms employing the apprentices are major suppliers of fresh produce to Sainsbury’s. As part of their 20x20 sustainability they aim to double sales of British food by 2020.
More information can be found here: http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/suppliers/working-in-partnership
Lantra, the sector skills council for the industry have revised their website careers available. This can be accessed via this link: http://www.lantra.co.uk/careers
We have a total of 13 apprenticeship places at 9 farms in Lincoln, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Kent, Hampshire, Shropshire and West Sussex. At least 5 of these offer accommodation and 1 attracts the possibility of on site, therefore suitable for young people willing to re-locate.
- Must be aged 16-23 and be educated below degree level.
- Must have an interested in a career in commercial horticulture.
The apprenticeship will lead to a level 2 work based diploma in Horticulture, on block release, lasting for 20 months and all farms state the intention of permanent employment following successful completion. Rates of pay vary.