Soil Association Organic Apprenticeship Scheme
The Soil Assocation, champions of organic agriculture in the UK, are rolling out a programme of 2 year apprenticeships based in locations all over the UK, including Manchester.
"The twin threats of climate change and unpredictable energy supplies mean that farming systems are shifting to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in a significant move towards higher levels of sustainability and increased responsibility for our actions. During this process, considerable demand will be created for highly skilled and talented individuals as full time and part time farmers, land workers and entrepreneurs.
So the Soil Association has set up its Organic Apprenticeship scheme which is being run in partnership with the Organic Growers Alliance and the Organic Advisory Service, with the support of Garden Organic and Duchy College
Organic apprenticeships with farm and food businesses will provide individuals with practical training and direct experience of working as part of a team, combined with structured off-site group tutorial sessions or “masterclasses” which provide the theory behind the practice.
The apprenticeship scheme is a two-year programme which will enable apprentices to focus on mixed or single enterprises, as well as the option to study other farm types and enterprises.
The ultimate aim of the Organic Apprenticeship Scheme is to achieve well-rounded and experienced individuals with specialist skills, if so desired, but primarily with a broad knowledge of organic agriculture and food businesses."
Last Modified - 9th October 2008