15 January 2013

Young people are abandoning traditional office-based jobs in their droves and are seeking alternative career paths. For many the dream is to work on the land, but their lack of experience is a real stumbling block.

The Soil Association’s new Future Growers Scheme addresses that problem, by bringing together highly skilled organic growers with a new generation eager to learn. Already there is a huge demand, with more than 500 people wanting to join the scheme.

Currently, practical training in organic crop production and horticulture is very limited and existing growers struggle to find suitably skilled staff. The Soil Association hopes that the new traineeship will reverse this trend. Future Growers offers a new six-month traineeship, as well as a two-year apprenticeship.

To find out more about the scheme visit www.soilassociation.org/futuregrowers

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