Winner of Norfolk Agricultural Apprentice of the Year competition announced

3 July 2017

The first ever winner of the Norfolk Agricultural Apprentice of the Year Awards was announced at the 2017 Royal Norfolk Show.

The award was judged by Tim Styles, manager at Fram Farmers Ltd, the award sponsors (Easton and Otley College) along with and Ben Turner from Ben Burgess (who judged on behalf of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association).

The winner of these awards was Molly Stellar. Employed by Jonathan Whyatt of Pearn Whyatt & Son at Snetterton, Molly impressed the judges by the way she used her studies to introduce significant improvements to the young stock rearing enterprise on her employer's farm. Molly went from gaining good A-level grades to a level three apprenticeship course in livestock.

The runners up of this competition were Matthew Wilson and Ryan Rix. Matthew works at Park Farm in Bungay and was praised for his work via his apprenticeship relating to crop management and agronomy. Ryan showed great passion and enthusiasm for his career whilst being employed by William Youngs and Sons Farms Ltd at Aylsham.

Mr Turner from Ben Burgess, said; “It was encouraging to see the different ways in which the students are making the most of their apprenticeships to develop their careers and add value to their employer’s business.”

Tim Styles from Fram Farmers (representing the RNAA), said, “The quality of entrants was very encouraging. They all showed how an apprenticeship is an excellent way to attract the sort of bright young entrants needed in today’s modern agricultural businesses.”

Nicky Currie, from the apprenticeship team at Easton and Otley College, said; “It’s a great competition and the standard of entries was superb. By working with partners, we have now created competitions in both Norfolk and Suffolk. There is no reason why this competition cannot go national.”

21 year old Molly Sellar from Norfolk said, “I would recommend this route of study (apprenticeships) as you get so much experience, you get the support of the employer, the college and you get to earn and learn. It was great to win this award.”

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