Agricultural student of the year 2013

WIN up to 11 months work placement in the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada

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Fancy a trip to Australia? What if you could improve your sheep shearing skills or get stuck in on one of the 2.2 million farms operating in the United States of America.

Whatever your dream, it could become a reality as Farmers Guardian is once again looking for the Agricultural Student of the Year.

The competition - the only one of its kind in the UK - is offering one student the chance to choose a seven, nine or 11 month work placement in the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. The prize includes flights, insurance, visas and accommodation - the winner will be placed with a farming family.

The exclusive work placement, worth £3,000, is being provided by AgriVenture, the international organisation responsible for helping more than 30,000 young people embark on a trip of a lifetime.

The competition is open to all agricultural and horticultural students in the UK and Northern Ireland and aims to recognise young professionals ready to further themselves in their chosen career.

Whether you decide to pursue a completely different job or use the opportunity to further your career through a sandwich placement or post-graduation - the programme will be tailored to ensure you achieve maximum impact to help you achieve your future goals.


Diary dates

  • April 5 - Closing date for entries
  • April 19 - Shortlisted entrants announced
  • April 19 - Online public vote launched
  • April 26 - Online voting closes
  • May 3 - Finalists announced
  • May 31 - Winner announced

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Amazing opportunity

The winner will have an amazing opportunity to travel to either one of the four major farming countries and gain practical, hands-on experience, while meeting fellow professionals and new people and enjoying other cultures.

The placement certainly isn’t all work and no play - the winner will receive a wage to help pay for sightseeing and socialising abroad.

The competition is aimed to better a young person’s chance in forging a successful career in agriculture.

Last year’s inaugural winner, James Miller, is studying Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) in Cirencester.

“I was very shocked to win this competition, especially with the high quality of finalists,” he said.

“I was pleased with getting shortlisted, let alone getting into the final and winning. It has changed my career prospects and improved my future in the industry.”

“To win such an amazing prize is incredible and I am really touched and pleased to become the Farmers Guardian Ag Student of the Year.”


What happens next?

Once the shortlisted students are announced, readers are asked to vote for their favourite candidate through our online voting poll.

Those who gain the most votes will then be invited to Stoneleigh to deliver a 10-minute presentation of themselves, their preferred country of travel and why.

This will be followed by a question and answer session with the judging panel, who will consist of a representative from Farmers Guardian, AgriVenture and two independent others.


Are you Farmers Guardian’s next Ag Student of the Year?


Terms and conditions

  1. The competition is open to UK residents (aged 18 and 25 years), with the exception of ‘employees’ or ‘relatives of employees’ of Briefing Media Ltd or IAEA AgriVenture.
  2. Entrants must be a full-time student.
  3. Inclusion in the competition is subject to registration.
  4. Entry to the competition will close April 5, 2013.
  5. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  6. If you are selected:
    - you will need to have a full British passport and driving licence before departure
    - you will need to complete a Trainee Agreement form
    - we will need two references
    - you will be expected to write a blog of your travel and work that will appear on
  7. All trainees undertake paid work and work for around 45 hours per week depending on the season. If you work longer, you will be paid overtime or take extra days off during other times.
  8. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  9. No cash alternative can be offered in exchange for an AgriVenture programme.
  10. Completion of this survey implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Data Protection

Information you supply to Briefing Media Ltd may be used for publication (where you provide details for inclusion in our directories or catalogues and on our websites) and also to provide you with information about our products or services in the form of direct marketing activity by phone, fax or post. Information may also be made available to 3rd parties on a list lease or list rental basis for the purpose of direct marketing. Full details can be found in our privacy policy at

If at any time you no longer wish to receive anything from Briefing Media Ltd or to have your data made available to 3rd parties, please write to the Data Protection Co-ordinator, Briefing Media Ltd, Farmers Guardian, PO Box 18, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire PR2 9GU, or email

If at any time you no longer wish to receive anything from IAEA AgriVenture please write to Clare Wass, UK Servicing Office, AgriVenture Global International Office, Melton Road, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK, LE14 4NR Tel: 01664 820 074 Email: clare@



The Package - What’s included?

  • A trainee allowance from which your board, lodging and taxes will be deducted
  • Placement with an approved IAEA host
  • A guaranteed placement, including visa
  • Flight tickets including airport taxes
  • Help with your application, including visa application
  • A choice of AgriVenture programmes
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information package
  • A country welcome meeting (for most programmes) with other trainees
  • Transport to your hosting placement
  • Full medical and travel insurance cover
  • 24-hour emergency support service
  • A contact person during your programme
  • Membership of IAEA
  • Complimentary flight bag for your hand luggage
  • All administration costs in your home and host countries covering visa, placement, correspondence and a named contact person

Entry criteria - You must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be aged between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Demonstrate why you wish to travel abroad
  • Be willing to work around 45 hours a week, depending on the season (if you work longer you will be paid overtime or take extra days off during other times).
  • Have a full British passport and driving licence before departure
  • Provide two references

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Placements in Canada


Placements in New Zealand

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