There are many benefits to taking on farm-based trainees and this document is aimed at farmers interested in doing so, with a step by step guide on things to consider and how to go about starting out. It also contains a number of great case studies to inspire farmers and trainees alike. The guide has been developed by Groundspring Network, the Organic Growers Alliance and Sustain, building on Sustains previous Future Farmers publication which aimed to support urban growing traineeships.
Setting the scene
What is an informal traineeship?
Definitions: apprenticeship versus traineeship
Benefits of traineeships
Benefits for the farmer
Benefits for the trainee
Benefits for the food and farming sector
Should traineeships be paid?
A trainee’s experience
Key considerations for hosts
What to look for in a trainee
Key considerations for trainees
What to look for in a host farm
Health and Safety
Writing an agreement
The selection process
Advertising the post
Making a traineeship syllabus
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Other learning methods
Sample interview questions
Sample score sheet
Chagfood Community Market Garden CSA
School Farm CSA
Cae Tân CSA
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