Fruit Management Supervisory Programme

Fruit production is one of Kent’s most important farming sectors. The county is the UK’s largest producer of top fruit and its share of the soft fruit sector is also expanding rapidly. Kent fruit is therefore of national importance and Hadlow College is proud to deliver this unique three year scheme. Entrants will be trained for supervisory and middle management roles with prospects for further progress in the industry. The students are paid directly by their employers throughout the three years.

What is the programme?

The scheme has been devised and structured with the help of leading fruit producers. It is a privately sponsored programme with each sponsor providing funding per student. The selection process includes interviews with sponsors, employers and Hadlow College.

An expression of interest is invited from all ages. Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter. Motivation and the desire for a progressive career are the two most important factors. There are no education or qualification barriers, and because the scheme is privately funded applications are welcome from graduates and those with higher level qualifications.

You will be learning ‘on the job’ for most of the time. A college assessor will make regular visits to you, at your place of work, to assess the practical skills you have learnt and will assign tasks to help you with the underpinning knowledge and technical certificates. There may be a requirement to attend Hadlow College from time-to-time throughout the programme to learn specific elements, but this will be kept to a minimum. All visits by your assessor will be arranged with yourself and your employer at a mutually convenient time.

Some of the varied careers you could enjoy within both the public and private sectors (as well as overseas) include:

  • Farm Manager
  • Consultant
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Horticulture Production Manager
  • Owner
  • Transport Manager