If your dream job involves wearing wellies to work every day, Farmers Weekly’s Farmers Apprentice <http://www.fwi.co.uk/farmersapprentice/> , sponsored by McDonald’s, could be your lucky break. There is £10k up for grabs for one lucky young farming wannabe to help kick-start a career in agriculture.
With 60,000 jobs to fill in the agriculture industry over the next 10 years, Farmers Weekly’s Farmers Apprentice is scouring towns and villages, cities and suburbs throughout the country to find young, talented, would-be farmers, high on passion, with or without experience. So whether you’re a full time student, unemployed, slogging it in a beauty salon, feeling uninspired in an office, or just longing to live off the land, this nationwide competition could be the break you’ve been waiting for. All you need is to be aged 18-25 and come up with a 60-second video showing what makes you stand out from the herd.
If you’re one of the 10 lucky ‘apprentices’ chosen to fight it out at the Farmers Apprentice bootcamp in October, you’ll have to carry out a series of tasks to prove you’ve got skills to be a successful farmer.
As well as being up for a life on the land, you’ll also have to be comfortable in the spotlight, as those taking part in the bootcamp will be filmed from the moment they wake up in the morning until their head hits the pillow, for a series of six episodes that will be screened online during November.
Farmers Weekly Editor Jane King said: “Farming needs fresh talent – people with innovative ideas who can harness science and technology to meet the challenges of producing more food with less impact on the environment. We are optimistic that Farmers Apprentice will dispel a few myths and open eyes to the dynamism of this fabulous industry.”
Go to facebook.com/farmersapprentice and click on ‘Like’ to get all the latest info as Farmers Apprentice progresses throughout the year or follow on @farmapprentice on Twitter to get updates before, during and after bootcamp. You can also tweet with the hashtag #farmersapprentice.