Looking for work experience?

There is a range of different types of work experience to consider

Looking For Work Experience?
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Overview

Work experience is an effective way to find out if you are interested in a job. Many young people now working in agriculture or related jobs, started with work experience. It will give you a taste of what the job entails and an opportunity to find out if you like the job, whether it is suitable for you and whether you are suitable for it.

Work experience for everyone

Work experience will give you valuable practical experience in agriculture and related jobs at all levels. You may be still at school, a school leaver, a college student, an undergraduate, a graduate, without qualifications, with qualifications or unemployed. You must be 16 years old or over.

School placements

Many schools have work experience schemes for senior pupils in the summer term. This can help you to prepare for college, university, work or a Modern Apprenticeship. Alternatively you can apply for work experience out with school, for instance in the holidays.

Compulsory Work Experience

Some courses, for instance veterinary medicine, require a minimum amount of work experience. For others it enhances the learning experience or it can facilitate a change of career direction.

Seasonal farm work

This is also a good way to gain practical experience and demonstrate your interest in agriculture. It is likely to be picking fruit or vegetables, or lambing and it is paid, albeit usually the minimum wage. You can find them in Job Centres, local newspapers, farming press or on the internet.

Are you ready?

If you’ve decided you’d like to find out more about working in farming and farming related businesses, then you can start by taking a look at the work experience that Jobfarm has on offer!

Work Experience Opportunities
Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor