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Recruitment of third Cohort of Seasonal Works for UK Farms

What is the Seasonal Worker Scheme?

The Seasonal Worker Scheme (SWS) is a UK Government Scheme of which HOPS is an authorised operator. It provides farmers and growers in the UK with a source of labour to meet their workforce demand for seasonal positions within the horticulture sector, which is defined by Defra as:

  • Protected Vegetables (glasshouse production)

  • Field Vegetables (outside production including herbs, leafy salads and potatoes)

  • Soft Fruits (outdoor and covered)

  • Top Fruits

  • Vines and Bines (hops and grapes)

  • Mushrooms

  • Bulbs and cut flowers, grown outdoors and indoors

  • Pot plants and bedding plants

  • Hardy ornamental nursery stock (Christmas trees, shrubs)

  • Tree and forest nurseries

What type of work is available under the SWS?

Most the seasonal work within the edible-horticulture sector is in the fruit sector (55%) and the vegetable/salad sector (25%). Work is usually manual and unskilled so no experience is necessary and full training will be provided. There are limited roles available within machinery (e.g. forklift, tractor) where a licence will be required.  There are opportunities for development.


Where workers are expected to drive vehicles, they will need to demonstrate that they have the required license and can drive vehicles competently and safely on UK roads.


  • General primary production work in edible and ornamental horticulture

  • Crop maintenance, harvesting, husbandry

  • Tunnel construction and dismantling

  • Irrigation installation/maintaining

  • Packing and processing of crops

  • Preparing and dismantling growing areas and media

  • Supervising horticultural workers


Bukura Agricultural College grew from the former Bukura Institute in 1974 under the Ministry of Agriculture with the mandate of offering certificate courses in Agriculture. In 1992, the Institute’s status was upgraded from awarding certificate courses to awarding Diploma courses in Agriculture and renamed Bukura Agricultural College (BAC). Following the enactment of the Bukura Agricultural College Act, Cap.348 of 1999, BAC became a state corporation under the then Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. The College is currently operating as a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.

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