A competition designed to find and recruit new talent within the UK's farming industry. The initiative operates via a bootcamp style competitive process where one overall winner will receive financial support to set up in business.

Farmers Apprentice is a competition administered by Farmers Weekly with investment and support from McDonald's. The two sponsors are working together in order to create a new generation of farmers that is able to build sustainable, profitable and innovative businesses.

The campaign supports a drive to recruit thousands of new entrants into agriculture over the next 10 years. Farmers Weekly and McDonald's have a shared belief that this target will not be met unless urgent action is taken to attract fresh talent into the farming industry.

Through the campaign, the sponsors wish to identify ten stand-out young apprentices to take part in an intensive, five-day farming 'bootcamp'. The individual who impresses judges the most will win a cash sum of £10,000 to help kick-start a career in farming.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 year who has a passion for the outdoors, food and farming, may enter the competition. Entrants must be resident in the UK.

Selected apprentices must be available for filming throughout the five days of the bootcamp which takes place from at Easton & Otley College in Norfolk between 20 and 25 July 2014.

The deadline for submission of applications, via a 60 second video entry, is 30 May 2014.

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