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New Academy Launched to Train Future Farmers

ONE of the country’s largest family owned farming business has teamed up with a leading agricultural college to launch a new academy which will train the industry’s future workforce.

JSR Farms will run its new academy in partnership with Bishop Burton College to give aspiring young farmers the opportunity to launch an exciting career in the sector.

Students will split their time between gaining work experience at JSR and studying at Bishop Burton and will have the opportunity to benefit from cash incentives during the 12-month programme. At the end of their course, successful candidates will immediately start a competitively paid apprenticeship with JSR and will have future opportunities to progress their career with the company.

Tim Rymer, CEO of JSR Farms, said: “We are delighted to invest alongside Bishop Burton College in the JSR Academy. We want to encourage young people to develop a career in agriculture. Whether it is crop or pig husbandry, the JSR Academy offers individuals an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and skills and join a company at the forefront of modern agriculture. ‘’

JSR Farms is one of the most respected farming companies in the UK. Operating and maintaining land extensively throughout East Yorkshire, it farms around 4,000 hectares of arable crop production within a 20-mile radius of the home farm at Southburn.

The JSR Group includes two operational companies; JSR Genetics, an international pig breeding company and JSR Farms, an integrated arable farming business that feeds home grown cereals to pigs efficiently.

Bishop Burton is a renowned agricultural college, based near Beverley. It was recently part of a successful bid to become one of the country’s first Institutes of Technology (IoT) and, as a result, will receive a multi-million pound investment for new training facilities and technology.

It is also undergoing a complete refurbishment of its high-welfare pig unit.

Bill Meredith, Chief Executive and Principal of Bishop Burton, said: “We are committed to training current and future generations of farmers and this is a really exciting venture.

“I am delighted the college is working in partnership with JSR. This new academy will provide an opportunity to launch a career in agriculture with one of the leading businesses in the country.”

Students on the new academy will study a range of modules which will lead to a framework of qualifications. Subjects will include pig production, animal health, plant biology and business and management.

Applicants do not need any formal entry requirements but will have an interview to determine whether they are suitable for the programme.

For more information, contact Helen Martin at Bishop Burton College on 01964 504164 or at Helen.Martin@bishopburton.ac.uk.

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