Finding staff in Scotland?

Secret Agronomist

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Arable Farmer
Where is the best place to out adverts for tractor drivers now, used to be Dundee Courier was popular, or is it all Facebook nowadays?
So far I've gotten away with word of mouth but I want to advertise this time.
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Go direct to the 'local' Ag College, if it's seasonal work or you could host someone on an HND gap year?
If you give the tutors a job description they should be able to match you up, dont be afraid to (tactfully) ask them to screen out the wing nuts...
 

kiwi pom

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Location
canterbury NZ
If you just want harvest casuals advertise where ever the Irish drivers will see it. Every Grassmen/FarmFlix vid you see filmed in England and Scotland seems to have Irish temps these days.
Might be cheaper than the locals too.
If you've no accommodation advertise in whatever's local.
 

Secret Agronomist

Member
Arable Farmer
Go direct to the 'local' Ag College, if it's seasonal work or you could host someone on an HND gap year?
If you give the tutors a job description they should be able to match you up, dont be afraid to (tactfully) ask them to screen out the wing nuts...
Do they still do years out on farm, did in my day but that was a long time ago.
 

melted welly

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
DD9.
Would you consider an apprentice?

there’s the modern agricultural apprenticeship scheme, facilitated by sruc. When I got our lad on it there was a £5k training fund which will see him through the PAs, chainsaw, 1st aid, H&S, various forklift tickets, plus ppe. Can be rolled into I think a “technical apprenticeship” which would progress them into more of the management side as well.

Depends on getting the right candidate of course, but so far it has worked very well for us.

There’s also no age limit, my apprentice is 24 and came from a fabrication background, which is a massive boost. He even knows what all the buttons do on the welder.
 

capfits

Member
Would you consider an apprentice?

there’s the modern agricultural apprenticeship scheme, facilitated by sruc. When I got our lad on it there was a £5k training fund which will see him through the PAs, chainsaw, 1st aid, H&S, various forklift tickets, plus ppe. Can be rolled into I think a “technical apprenticeship” which would progress them into more of the management side as well.

Depends on getting the right candidate of course, but so far it has worked very well for us.

There’s also no age limit, my apprentice is 24 and came from a fabrication background, which is a massive boost. He even knows what all the buttons do on the welder.
Jammy barsteward
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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