Apprenticeship vacancies now being advertised online

by Tim Mudge

SAINSBURY’S, BRITISH GROWERS ASSOCIATION AND STAFFLINE AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCE APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES NOW BEING ADVERTISED ONLINE

Sainsbury’s, British Growers Association and Staffline Agriculture have joined together to develop a bespoke intermediate apprenticeship that matches enthusiastic young people within Sainsbury’s diverse supplier base in the Horticulture industry.

Through the Sainsbury’s scheme, apprentices will gain hands on practical experience within our farmer and grower base, working on real issues that face our Horticulture supply chains throughout the UK.

Rob Honeysett, Horticulture Manager of Sainsbury’s says “With our long history of supporting British farmers we’re always looking for ways to drive the future of British farming. I’m pleased to announce that there are a number of vacancies now being advertised on the National Apprenticeship Services (NAS) website for opportunities at various farms in Lincoln, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Kent, Hampshire, Shropshire and West Sussex.

We’ll be carrying out the initial recruitment and selection process leading onto interviews for successful shortlisted applicants in July.”

Jack Ward, Chief Executive for the British Growers Association, says “Securing the next generation of new entrants is vitally important. The fresh produce industry has a demanding and ambitious agenda involving a wide range of innovation and technological developments. Getting more people into the industry is crucial to the future success of the sector. It is great to see this initiative up and running and our thanks to all the Growers that have come forward and created an opportunity for a young person to join the produce industry.”

Laura Savage, Operations Manager for Staffline Agriculture comments “We are confident that the vacancies will attract a lot of interest due to the variety of apprenticeship roles available and in all cases the remuneration being over and above the recommended apprenticeship wage and in some roles above the National Minimum Wage too. It’s a golden opportunity for people who are interested in a starting a career in the agriculture and horticulture industries but don’t know where to begin. It’s tremendously exciting to be working with British Growers Association and Sainsbury’s growers in developing the programme and delivering the pilot scheme this year.”

The farms employing the apprentices are major suppliers of fresh produce to Sainsbury's including: Cornerways Nurseries; Vitacress Limited; North Bank Growers; Allpress Farms Limited; Produce World Group; Taylorgrown Limited; Strawson Limited; New Farm Produce Limited; F W Mansfield & Son; J B Shropshire & Sons (G's); AC Goatham and Thakeham Mushrooms.

We anticipate a large response to the vacancies so would encourage anyone interested in starting a career in these industries to apply via the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service pages of the NAS website