Hartpury College A Level student Libby Ramsden is among 10 finalists from across the UK to have secured ‘the most gruelling job interview in British agriculture’ and an opportunity to win £10,000.
She has been selected to take part in Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp, which is designed to draw on the practical and technical skills required for a successful career in agriculture through a series of tasks.
The winner of the 15-20 July event – modelled on the popular BBC series The Apprentice – will receive £10,000 to help kick-start their career in the UK agriculture industry and expert mentoring.
Libby, who is studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, has set her heart on a career in the industry after doing hands-on voluntary work at the commercial farm on campus at Hartpury College and University Centre Hartpury.
“The work I have done in my spare time at Hartpury, particularly during the lambing season and in the milking parlour, has given me a real insight into the career opportunities available in the agriculture industry,” said Libby.
“I’m not from a farming background and I hadn’t considered the industry as an option before, but now I’m really interested in becoming a nutritionist within the livestock sector.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected to take part on the Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp.
“While I’m not expecting it to be easy, I’m sure it will be a rewarding experience that will help me achieve my ambitions of working full-time in the industry.”
Farmers Apprentice, for people aged 18 to 25, is Farmers Weekly’s response to the challenge of recruiting the best business minds into agriculture, by providing a platform from which young people from all walks of life can get a foot on to the farming ladder.
Farmers Weekly has described the competition, which takes place at Harper Adams University in Shropshire this year, as the most gruelling job interview in British agriculture.
Libby’s tutor, Laura Mercer, Assistant Head of A Levels at Hartpury, said: “Libby has been an extremely diligent and hard-working student throughout her A Level course here at Hartpury.
“She developed her love of farming by taking part in work experience as part of our Pre-Vet Enrichment Programme. She has made the decision to go on to study agriculture at university.
“Her hard work has really paid off, and we are delighted she has had this opportunity.
“She will make an outstanding Farmers Apprentice and will bring the same level of excellence to the programme that she has displayed throughout her A Levels.”
Picture: Libby Ramsden at Hartpury