Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has this week announced the launch of two new farming apprenticeships; the Farm Manager apprenticeship and the Farm Technician apprenticeship. There will be a range of farm enterprises eligible for successful farm apprentices to be employed on including cattle, dairy, pigs, poultry, tillage and sheep sectors.
IFA President Tim Cullinan has acknowledged this worthwhile initiative. “This is a positive development for the farming sector with many farmers finding it very difficult to source staff at the moment. It is important that this initiative is now properly promoted to ensure that young people both from farming and non-farming backgrounds consider a career in farming,” he said.
Tim Cullinan is encouraging farmers who would be interested in hiring a farm apprentice to seek further information and to register as a farm apprentice employer if interested. The application for prospective farm apprentice employers is now open on this link: Register to become a farm apprentice employer.