HOPS Education



HOPS Education was established in 2011. With the ethos of Young Farmers being about developing young people, it was only right that HOPS operated an apprenticeship scheme in the Agribusiness sector with suitable partners and with a framework that supported the direction for the industry, HOPS aims to be at the cutting Edge of Apprenticeships in agriculture as the schemes develop.

HOPS has also operated a Welfare to Work Programme in conjunction with the DWP, finding suitable work for job seekers in the production horticulture sector after a period of training provided by HOPS as a City and Guilds Accredited Centre.

In 2014 HOPS launched an apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with Landex colleges, local YFC county offices and potential participants, with HOPS acting as a “matching service” to develop young people in agriculture to find them the perfect Agricultural job, this could be in the Arable, Dairy, Livestock or Horticultural sector as well as game keeping courses.

Agriculture and horticulture have wonderful opportunities for people at all levels to forge a career in a plethora of vocations and sectors. If you are a young person looking for that opportunity, make sure you register with us!


What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a practical way for school leavers and other people to gain knowledge of an industry and increase their skills without being confined to full time education.  As an apprentice, you  will join a business like a regular employee and will work hard and learn on the job. A tutor will visit you to hep build a portfolio of evidence and will work with your employer to help you gain all the skills you need to be successful

Who can become an apprentice?

You can start an Apprenticeship form the age of 16. You must be enthusiastic, willing to learn from others and be committed to the training.

What are the wages?

You will be paid the set Apprenticeship Wage of £3.50 per hour.  Some employers pay more.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Earn a wage with paid holidays
Gain a recognised qualification
Receive on the job training working alongside experienced staff
Learn job specific skills
Start your training at any time of the year
Enhance career progression within your industry

What training and qualifications are provided?

Your employer will work with a member of our Apprenticeship Team to select the right qualification and units that will help you develop your skills; these skills  will be practical and relevant to the place you are working.  At the same time you will develop your knowledge as well as improve your English and maths.

What can I do after an apprenticeship?

You could progress onto the next qualification level, stay in employment or consider college courses.