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APPRENTICESHIP on a large progressive, diverse arable farming business. Job near <->Ipswich<-> which also specialises in quality organic & conventional vegetable production

Farm TypeOther, Arable


To work on a large modern farm which grows a wide range of crops and vegetables.  The apprentice will be operating and maintaining a range of machinery, establishing, growing and harvesting arable and vegetable crops

-  A wide range of tractor work, including cultivation, trailer work, hedging

-  Machinery maintenance in a modern workshop

-  Record keeping

-  Operating precision farming computer technology 

- The farm will provide a mentor to help the successful applicant develop their skills. 

Excellent prospects for the right person with the chance to earn a full time position on a farm which has a policy to promote from within.  (A former apprentice is now an assistant manager).

There is also plenty of scope to gain additional work based training certificates. 

College attendance will be included an assessment by the College is part of the selection process.

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years and qualify for an apprenticeship 

The farm comprises 1,170 hectares of high quality agricultural land  on the north bank of Suffolk’s Orwell estuary.  The farm is a patchwork of woodland, heath, grass and arable land – used for organic vegetable production as well as conventional vegetables and cereals. In total we grow over thirty different crops. We’re currently working on 140 hectares under Soil Association organic certification.  The farm is also LEAF marque and Red Tractor certified. In the last 18 years the business has been shaped by a high level of investment in water management and irrigation, removing a constraint which once limited production to potatoes, carrots, sugar beet and cereals with limited yields and returns.  The majority of our farmed area is light land which can be worked year round, the downside being that without irrigation it was difficult to compete in terms of producing mainstream crops.  With the capability to irrigate 98 per cent of our farmed area we focus on high-value crops, mainly early-season crops which are harvested from May to July and are followed by winter-harvested second crops.  Potentially, we are planting and harvesting crops every day of the year so we work the land hard, but as our focus is on farming sustainability we enhance the soil’s status by returning manures, compost and cover crops.

The start date for this job is flexible.

AreaEast & East Anglia
Job LengthCould be permanent for the right candidate
DatesStart: 31/07/2017, Finish: Not Specified
Driving License Required?Full UK Driving Licence
Hours39 plus OT
Pay£800 plus overtime at commercial rates
Employment TypeArable, Fruit and Vegetables
Accommodation Available?No
Accommodation TypeNo accommodation available
Accommodation Pricen/a
Other Accommodation Information
Distance from shops and amenities
Smokers Accepted?No
Other Information

A full driving licence is essential.  A practical person who is hands on.  Being mechanically minded would be an advantage.  Someone who enjoys working outside, is numerate, accurate and used to working with computers.  A flexible person with an enquiring mind who is keen to take on new tasks, has the ability to work as part of a team but is equally able to work on their own initiative once trained for longer periods

Weekend work will also be required and paid at commercial overtime rates.  Must like working outside in all weathers as this is predominantly outdoor work and so need to come dressed accordingly.

The start date for this job is flexible.

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