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Hackney trainee growers - 2018

Deadline for applications: Monday 5 February

Growing Communities is an award-winning social enterprise based in Hackney. We run a weekly organic fruit and veg box scheme, the Growing Communities’ farmers’ market and a Patchwork Farm in Hackney, made up of several small urban market gardens, and Dagenham Farm.

We are currently recruiting four urban trainee growers in Hackney.  The (unpaid) traineeship will involve learning all the different aspects involved in growing vegetables with a particular emphasis on salad leaves.  These traineeships are aimed at people who want to develop their food-growing skills. Trainees will work alongside the grower, learning all aspects of running our urban market gardens.  The traineeship involves one day and one early evening a week.  In addition there will be monthly evening tutorials.  The traineeship lasts for six and a half months, from the second half of March until the end of September.

If you would like to apply, please download the  job description, application form and recruitment monitoring form below.  Please make sure you fill in all parts of the application form. The deadline for applications is Monday 5 February and we will let applicants know by Friday 9 February if they have been shortlisted for interview.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 22 February. The traineeship will begin week commencing 19 March.

Hackney Growing Trainee job description 2018.doc

Hackney Traineeship Application Form 2018.doc

Recruitment Monitoring Form.doc


Dagenham Food Worker traineeships - 2018 

Are you an unemployed lone parent – interested in improving your skills while being able to pick up your kids from school?
Growing Communities is recruiting for our award-winning Grown in Dagenham traineeships - starting in April 2018

Deadline for applications: Friday  2 February 

Growing Communities is looking for four new trainees to learn food growing, food preparation and food marketing skills on our organic farm off Rainham Road North, Dagenham. Trainees will gain skills and experience in food production and retailing as part of the Grown in Dagenham project – producing jams, ketchups and pickles from the organic fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Three out of four of our previous trainees have gone on to get jobs.

The paid traineeships are for registered unemployed Barking and Dagenham residents only who want to develop their skills in making a living from working with food – or are interested in setting up a small food business. Priority will be given to unemployed  lone  parents.

• The traineeships starts on 9 April  2018 and ends on  27 November 2018 (34 weeks)
• Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am-3pm (11 hours per week total)
• Trainees are paid £8.05  per hour.

To apply you can download the job description and application form here.

Job Description and Person Specification for Grow in Dagenham Food Worker Traineeships 2018.docx

GID Dagenham Traineeship Application Form 2018.docx

All applications must be emailed to us to arrive by 5pm on Friday 2 February.
Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

If you are not eligible for our Food Worker traineeship - don't forget you're always welcome to volunteer on our farms in Hackney and Dagenham.