Become a Host Farm

OGI Work Placement

Could you be a Host Farm?

We are always looking for farms to host interns on our Work Placement Programme. If you own or manage a certified organic horticultural holding, we want to hear from you!

This is a great opportunity to support new entrants into the sector. You’ll be supporting the development of a knowledgeable and experienced network of growers in Ireland and passing on your valuable knowledge to the next generation of growers!

You’ll benefit from employing a dynamic, hard-working & committed employee who has experience in horticulture and who will bring new knowledge back to your farm through their participation in the OGI training programme. This includes farm walks, workshops & a QQI Level 5 module in Organic Standards & Principles.

Do you already have a potential new employee lined up for the season? Sign them up to the OGI Work Placement Programme and they will also benefit from the in-depth training programme!

OGI Work Placement

HOST FARM BENEFITS

The programme provides host farms with opportunities, not obligations!

• We provide a pool of applicant workers to choose from. They will be specifically interested in your farm and have previous experience in horticulture and/or farm work.
• We provide your chosen intern with essential Health and Safety and Manual Handling training and certificates.
• Benefit from your employee bringing new knowledge back to your farm. The OGI training programme includes farm walks and workshops from other growers and experts across the country.
• We will promote each host farm on our social and print media throughout the year.
• We provide free training workshop(s) for the host grower/farmer at end of year.
• We provide ongoing support such as interview and review meeting templates and guidance.

Don’t find a candidate to suit? No worries, there is no obligation to hire.

OGI Work Placement

HOST FARM RESPONSIBILITIES

• Provide a minimum of 30 hours/week work over a 6-month period.
• Pay the intern minimum wage or more and provide a contract.
• Give clear guidance and support to the new employee.
• Give a varied range of work throughout the work placement.

HOW IT WORKS

Contact Ronan, OGI Work Placement Coordinator at placement@organicgrowersireland.ie.

Fill in an application form and we will get your farm profile set up online. On 12 February 2024 we will send you a pack of applications. Choose who you want to interview. Hire the best candidate.

Some testimonials from past Host Farms

“We like showing/teaching others what we have learned over the years. The apprentice in return usually has knowledge to give us in return, especially after the training days.”

“My business benefited from a very committed and able apprentice throughout the season.”

“Good mix of on-farm working and training workshops helps motivate apprentices and brings back info and ideas to farm. The time off-farm is well rewarded by positivity it brings back to work on-farm.”

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