There has never been a better time to start a career in the cider industry...


Current Vacancies 

We know of growers in Herefordshire and Somerset who have vacancies for enthusiastic people who love outdoor work and are looking for along term career in orcharding. A clean driving licence is essential. 

Please send your CV stating clearly where you are based and how far you are prepared to travel to work.  Email details to and we will forward your application to the relevant grower. 



Cider & Top Fruit Apprenticeship - Starts February 2016

The third in take of students are now studying the Cider and Top Fruit Apprenticeship Scheme. The course, the first of it's kind,  was set up in conjunction with the National Association of Cider Makers (NACMHerefordshire and Ludlow College Holme Lacy CampusWyvern Training Services and Herefordshire growers to meet the needs of the industry to manage the orchards for the future. 

The Orchard Network of Excellence (ONE), which is funded by the National Association of Cider Makers, is involved in helping to attract potential candidates for the Apprenticeship Scheme, and also growers who are looking to offer employment to an apprentice. 

Who is it for

Typically students have a passion for agriculture, many students coming from farming backgrounds, altough that is not essential. 

Admission Criteria 

  • The apprentice must be in employment on a cider/perry holding/farm
  • Ideally they must be over the age of 17 as driving is a key part of the role, altough over 16 year olds would also be considered - there is no upper age limit
  • Have GCSE in English and Maths, but not be educated to degree level

The successful candidates will be matched with a suitable employer who will be a grower of cider apples, dessert apples or soft fruit or a mix of these three. The course is for 18 months, approximately and involved attending a one week induction course at Hereford and Ludlow College Holme Lacy Campus, followed by monthly group training days on host farms. Candidates receive a wage based on the minimum wage, see for more information. 



Click here for details - or

Email  Course Leader Sara Roberts -


Background about the Cider and Top Fruit Apprenticship 

Following on from the growing demand for cider and perry, there has been significant planting of new orchards in the two heartlands of the industry, Herefordshire and Somerset. 

These industry lead courses have been set up with key stakeholders in the industry. The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) together with local colleges and growers have developed two Cider/Orcharding Apprenticeship schemes to help provide the workforce for the future of this growing and exciting industry. 

Globally sales of high quality British cider has never been stronger. With consumers enjoying cider as the drink of choice from not only the UK and Europe but around the world. The industry is led by well known names such as Bulmers, and family owned businesses like Weston's and Thatcher's who are leading the way, as well as a plethora of small craft cider makers who are becoming known as the best in their field. In other words, there has never been a better time to join the cider and orcharding industry. 


Contact us 

If you would like to find out more either as a future apprentice or as a grower, then contact us and we will be in touch or pass your details on to the relevant organisation.  Email -  




BBC Radio Somerset Thursday 6th June 2014

 BBC Radio Somerset's Emma Britton programme - An interview with Apprentice Sam Denning of Thatcher's Cider, a student at Herefordshire and Ludlow Holme Lacy Campus, and Gilly Pollock the ONE Network Manager about the Apprenticeship Scheme.  


BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today - Monday 9th June at 5.45am 2014

Interview with Sam Denning - Apprentice at Thatcher's Cider, a student at Herefordshire and Ludlow College Holme Lacy Campus, and Gilly Pollock, ONE Network Manager talks to Farming Today's presenter Charlotte Smith. LISTEN NOW