October 6, 2016, by Lindsay Brooke


Tonight Rebecca Jeffery, a graduate in American and Canadian Studies at The University of Nottingham, will start her bid to become Alan Sugar’s 2016 Apprentice and the chance to invest £250,000 of his money. But Rebecca isn’t the only University of Nottingham student fighting it out for a job with the big British firm.

Three agriculture students in the School of Biosciences begun their quest for a £25,000 one-year trainee apprenticeship assistant farm manager’s job with professional grower business Farmcare.

The Farmer’s Apprentice 2016 is run by Farmers Weekly. It was set up in response to the challenge of recruiting the best young business minds into agriculture. The idea is to providing a platform from which people from all walks of life can get a foot on the farming ladder. This year’s competition attracted 300 entries and The University of Nottingham is proud to announce that three of its students are among the 10 finalists.

Chloe Dunne – @DunneCh10  – is in her second year of an Integrated Agricultural and Business Management Degree.

Emily Davis – @GreenWelliesEm – is a 3rd year Agriculture with European Studies student.

And Sam Bennett – @sambennett117 – is in his 1st year of an Agriculture degree course.

Over the next five weeks you’ll be able to keep up with their progress through a series of videos posted on the Farmers Weekly website. The first video introduces you to the finalists.

Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp took place between 11th-15th July this summer but the results are a closely guarded secret. The Bootcamp tasks 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 Weekly says: “World class challenges need world class farmers and that is what the Farmers Apprentice competition is all about. We’re looking for the brightest and best talent from across the country to come and work in agriculture. On a global scale the challenges in this sector are enormous, but due to the nature of our food system, these challenges are reflected right down the chain in the fields of British farms, on the shelves of supermarkets, in the workshops of tractor manufacturers and in the labs of plant scientists. Businesses spanning the whole food chain from farm to fork are on the hunt for the best brains to come and help them solve these challenges and the Farmers Apprentice competition is here to help them do just that.”

Good luck everyone! We’ll be rooting for you!

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