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Role: Agricultural & Food Packing Apprentices

Location: Various

Time: Dependent on programme from two to four years, 4 residential courses in one week blocks spent at Reaseheath College, Cheshire

Availability:  Recruiting Now

Salary: Varies by site but in the region of £10,000 plus overtime in busy periods

We are looking for people who are passionate about fresh food and the agriculture and who want to become the future of farming. For us, farming is obviously about growing food, but it is also about an awful lot more. It is about a sustainable business that cares for the environment, protects local wildlife and raises awareness about food. We are big in both arable and fruit farming, including potatoes, strawberries, cider apples and peas, much of which goes into our stores, but we also select and pack much of our own produce and we have placements at these businesses too.


Qualification and Development


The Co-operative Farms is working with Reaseheath College in Cheshire, who will be the training providers for the qualification. Reaseheath College is recognised as one of the leading land-based Colleges in the country and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its Further and Higher Education.

Once on the programme, you will get the chance to complete an agricultural qualification up to NVQ level 3, which can take up to four years to complete, depending on your level of experience. As required, you will carry out duties on arable, fruit farms, and pack houses as well as assisting in seasonal tasks to ensure that crop production is maximised.

You need to be willing to develop new skills and attend regular residential training courses. Because of the nature of the industry this apprenticeship involves some physical work, along with some unsocial hours and work at weekends


Your apprenticeship includes 4 residential courses in one week blocks at Reaseheath College, Cheshire.

You will develop a broad technical knowledge, and as one of Britain’s biggest farmers, and depending on your placement, you could have the opportunity to work with leading edge, highly sophisticated technology, such as auto-steering and GPS mapping (that’s where the tractors steer themselves)  trickle irrigation systems, and food packing machinery.

We work closely with our food business and central marketing functions, offering broader career opportunities and progression than other employers in the industry. We also support and train our people so that they fulfil their potential.