Apprentice of the Year 2017

Norfolk Apprentice of the Year Competition

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a competition to find the (Norfolk) Agricultural Apprentice of the Year for 2017.

The competition – sponsored by Fram Farmers and in association with Easton & Otley College – is open to all apprentices with a Norfolk employer who are currently studying for any agriculturally related apprenticeship. (Types of apprenticeship includes arable, livestock, production horticulture, agricultural engineering and game and wildlife management).

It is hoped that the prestigious award is an accolade that the winner can use to enhance their CV and help with future job prospects. It will also raise the profile of agricultural apprenticeships and careers across the county.

Entries must be submitted by 28 April 2017, shortlisting will take place on 4 May 2017 and the winner and runner up will be announced with a special presentation taking place on 29 June 2017 at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Launch of the Apprentice of the Year competiton

Pictured from left: Jo Kirkby (business adviser at Easton and Otley College), Ben Turner (competition judge and employee of Ben Burgess & Co), Mark Nicholas (show director at the RNAA), Nicola Currie (apprenticeship employer liaison officer at Easton and Otley College) and Kieran Middleton (Easton and Otley agricultural apprentice).

Launching the call for entries, Show & Programmes Director at the RNAA, Mark Nicholas, said, “We are naturally keen to try and put agriculture on the map and I am sure that this will be a great vehicle to enable us to do this. The career opportunities within the farming industry are incredibly broad and with the increasing importance of technology and business management, apprentices find they are learning a huge range of skills to help them in the future.

“We are delighted to be supporting this great competition. The government is keen to encourage more young people to study apprenticeships, so as an industry, we are keen to support this mission.

Richard Anscombe, Chief Executive of Fram Farmers co-operative, said they are delighted to be sponsoring this award which they want to support for the long term.

“Agriculture is a key part of the local economy, a fact endorsed by the LEP. It offers a wide variety of well-paid careers for capable young people yet there is a shortage of applicants. It is important for our membership that they can attract the brightest and the best and we hope this new competition will help do just that. An apprenticeship is an ideal way to train as the young people earn whilst they learn and the employers benefit from the innovation they bring from their studies. Fram Farmers is pleased to sponsor this award as we are committed to helping highlight the benefits of apprenticeships in Norfolk so that our industry will have the skilled labour force it needs both now and in the future.”

The winner of the competition will also receive two tickets to the Royal Norfolk Show.

Principal, David Henley, said, “We are keen to help shine a light on the exciting and diverse opportunities that are available in farming right now and this competition will help us promote some of the exciting talent agricultural talent that is currently working in Norfolk.”

How to enter the Apprentice of the Year competiton

To enter, applicants are asked to submit a homemade video (e.g. made on a smart phone) not exceeding five minutes which covers the following:

  • A brief introduction about entrant
  • Information on why they chose to study an apprenticeship
  • Details on how the apprenticeship has helped the entrant on their career path
  • A brief overview relating to the skills they have learnt
  • The entrant’s employer will also need to add a brief assessment on how the apprentice is progressing and why they should be named apprentice of the year
  • All applicants must be currently on an apprenticeship with a Norfolk employer

All the information must be sent to marketing@eastonotley.ac.uk by April 28.