A young farmer from Oakham has landed an apprenticeship as part of the launch of Sainsbury’s first farming apprenticeship course.
Rob Johnson, 19, is one of seven apprentices chosen by Sainsbury’s to take part in its new course to help create a new generation of farmers with the skills to build Britain’s high-tech and innovative businesses of the future.
Rob has worked on a poultry farm in Rutland for the last two years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification.
“I got the job at Belton Layers from my brother. He had been there for some time and then decided to go off to train as an undertaker so a position became vacant. Right from the off I just loved it,” said Rob. “The farmer I work for is a Sainsbury’s supplier and he received an email from them asking if he would take on an apprentice for the new agriculture apprenticeship scheme. He immediately asked me if I would like to do it, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn new techniques.
“In the future I would like to see myself as a manager working with poultry. There is so much to running a poultry farm and every day there is a different challenge. If this apprenticeship pans out the way I think it will, I will definitely look at moving on to a level three qualification once I have this one under my belt.”
Rob and his fellow apprentices will be employed at farms across the UK where they will learn on the job for the next 20 months.