The Scholarship

  • Return ticket to NZ
  • Help and advice in finding work on a suitable dairy farm in New Zealand.
  • About 10 months work, allowing around 2 months for travel or other work at the end of the year.
  • A mentor in NZ to help you learn and develop and in case of any work related problems.
  • In return we would like you to write a report at the end of year and to come and speak to potential candidates, so you can help us to further promote this opportunity.
  • You will need to provide Insurance for yourself while you are away and be able to find your own way to the UK airport you fly from.
  • We will guide you in applying for the relevant work Visa.
  • You will need to be 18 ears old by 31st January of the year of travel to New Zealand e.g. for the 2019 Scholarship (leaving UK June/July 2017) you must be aged 18 by the 31st January 2019.
  • Applicants from UK residents only.
We are not necessarily looking for highly academic people, what we want is enthusiasm, a keen desire to learn, initiative and someone who is prepared to work hard when required. NZ is a great place for people with a work hard - play hard approach to life!!

Applications are in the first instance through the application form and then, if selected, through a relaxed interview with members of the charity. Interviews are usually held in mid February at Sedgemoor Livestock Centre.

2018 Scholars

Dan Starnes

19 yrs has just completed a BTEC level 3 at Plumpton Agricultural College and is off to work for Brad Eyre in the Waikato region N Island.

"I am really looking forward to going out to New Zealand, to meet new people, see different ways of farming and just trying to learn as much as possible to bring back home with me. I really appreciate the opportunity the Rich Wigram Scholarship has given me and hope I can do it justice."

Alex Dunn

Alex has just completed a BSc in Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University and is going to work for The Darby family near Huntly, N Island.

"I will be heading to New Zealand in July of this year and I can't wait to find out what the country has in store for me. Working in one of the most productive and progressive agricultural industries in the world will, I'm sure, provide me with a great springboard for a career in farm management. I know there will be so much to learn, so I look forward to becoming part of a team on a farm where I will be able to gain deeper insight into the agricultural industry in New Zealand. The Rich Wigram Scholarship has already provided me with so many useful contacts to enable me to find rewarding work in New Zealand. Now it's all down to me to go and make the most of it! If you are interested in seeing what I get up to during my year in New Zealand, check out the Rich Wigram New Zealand Farming Scholarship Facebook and Twitter pages or follow me on Twitter! @dunn97_alex"

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