Sainsburys,British Growers Association and Staffline Agriculture have joined together todevelop a bespoke intermediate apprenticeship that matches enthusiastic youngpeople within Sainsburys diverse supplier base in the Horticulture industry.
Throughthe Sainsburys scheme, apprentices will gain hands on practical experiencewithin our farmer and grower base, working on real issues that face ourHorticulture supply chains throughout the UK.
RobHoneysett, Horticulture Manager of Sainsburys says With our long history of supporting Britishfarmers were always looking for ways to drive the future of Britishfarming. Im pleased to announce that there are a number of vacancies nowbeing advertised on the National Apprenticeship Services (NAS) website foropportunities at various farms in Lincoln, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Kent,Hampshire, Shropshire and West Sussex.
Wellbe carrying out the initial recruitment and selection process leading ontointerviews for successful shortlisted applicants in July.
Jack Ward, Chief Executive for the British Growers Association, says Securing the nextgeneration of new entrants is vitally important. The fresh produce industry hasa demanding and ambitious agenda involving a wide range of innovation andtechnological developments. Getting more people into the industry is crucial tothe future success of the sector.
Laura Savage, Operations Manager for Staffline Agriculture comments We are confident thatthe vacancies will attract a lot of interest due to the variety ofapprenticeship roles available and in all cases the remuneration being over andabove the recommended apprenticeship wage and in some roles above the NationalMinimum Wage too. Its a golden opportunity for people who are interested in astarting a career in the agriculture and horticulture industries but dont knowwhere to begin. Its tremendously exciting to be working with British GrowersAssociation and Sainsburys growers in developing the programme and deliveringthe pilot scheme this year.
The farms employing theapprentices are major suppliers of fresh produce to Sainsbury’s including:Cornerways Nurseries; Vitacress Limited; North Bank Growers; Allpress FarmsLimited; Produce World Group; Taylorgrown Limited; Strawson Limited; New FarmProduce Limited; F W Mansfield & Son; J B Shropshire & Sons (G’s); ACGoatham and Thakeham Mushrooms.
We anticipate alarge response to the vacancies so would encourage anyone interested in startinga career in these industries to apply via the Apprenticeship Vacancy MatchingService pages of the NAS website