Agricultural Apprentice Alice Bates, who studies at Northumberland College, is getting to experience modern agriculture and the working of a progressive farm, and the role of all the staff involved.
Farmer and apprenticeship employer James Drummond, at Lemmington Hill Head Farm, is following a sustainable farming program growing grass leys that store carbon and using grazing systems that reduce the use of raw materials and fuel when compared with traditional methods. He is working towards lower carbon emissions farming, as well as developing high tech breeding programs within his sheep flock to improve the genetics of the flock.
The average age of a farmer in the UK is 60, so more new entrants need to be recruited. As a college; we work with a range of different employers so that they’re able to recruit new apprentice’s and attract new people into the industry, such as British farmers in their quest to improve modern farming techniques and engage young people in the world of farming.
James Drummond, said: “I am excited about the way I have shaken up our sheep farm and the new direction the farm is going.”
By providing Alice with this opportunity to get out and experience the working world, it has allowed her to find her dream job and follow an apprenticeship.
Alice Bates, agricultural apprentice said: “I have found the career that I want to be following.”
Martin Howlett Trainer and assessor for Land Based Industries (LBI) agriculture and animal care, said: “This apprenticeship has been a great opportunity for Alice to follow her chosen career and learn modern techniques and practices in agriculture.”
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