NFU calls on farmers to have their say about agriculture apprenticeships.

The NFU is calling on farmers to say what they think about the need for apprenticeships in agriculture.

This week is the start of Apprenticeship Week, an initiative backed by the industry-led AgriSkills Forum to promote skills and careers for young people in farming.  The NFU has set up on online survey to coincide with the week of acitivities across England and Wales and has urged farming business to take part.

A previous survey, carried out by land-based training body Lantra, showed that 81% of farmers believed businesses were more productive when they used apprentices.

Meurig Raymond, NFU deputy president and chairman of the AgriSkills forum said: "The coalition government is clearly keen to put apprenticeships at the heart of its skills strategy.  It is increasing the number of apprenticeships available backed by an increased investment of £250m.

Take part in the NFU online survey.