Seasonal Staff joining information
Our business has employed Seasonal Workers from several different countries, such as, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Latvia for many years. These workers are very important to the success of our business and have become a real asset to the farm. We welcome all equally and try and ensure that your time with us at Ivy Farm is a positive and rewarding experience where you feel safe and secure.
Applications: we accept applications from anyone who is legally entitled to work in the UK. We are an Equal Opportunities employer and treat all employees fairly, regardless of background. Over the years a number of our Seasonal Workers have developed their skills and become full time staff.
Type of work: we are a farming business and the seasonal work we offer varies throughout the year. Between end of May and October most seasonal workers will be employed picking strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, packing fruit in our packhouse or in plant nursery work. This can be hard physical work as we grow strawberries traditionally in the ground as well as on table-tops in polytunnels. The majority of our work between October and end of March will be in sheds grading plants, fieldwork and nursery work.
Wages: your wages will be paid into your bank account every fortnight. If you do not have a bank account we will help you set up an account with a card which you will be able to use at ATMs, supermarkets etc.
Accommodation costs: we provide static caravan accommodation for up to 65 workers and currently charge £6.40 per day (or £44.80 per week) as per National Minimum Wage guidelines. NB: This charge usually increases in April each year. The charge covers your accommodation and full use of all kitchen, laundry and shower facilities; it also includes gas but NOT electricity which is paid for by purchasing electric meter cards. The cards cost £10 and last between about one and four weeks depending on the time of year and the amount of electricity used. Free WiFi is also provided.
Directions to the Farm: transport links to King's Lynn (bus or train) from all London airports are good. Click 'Contact Us' tab for location details. If you let us know in advance what time you will arrive in King's Lynn we can usually pick you up. Taxis are available from train and bus stations and will charge approx. £20. Some people prefer to take a taxi from the airport straight to the farm. All we ask is that you let us know what time you plan to arrive at the camp so that we can meet you and show you to your caravan. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AFTER 21.00 HOURS. If you are delayed please contact us a soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Things to bring: you must bring suitable clothing for the time of year when you will be working. Most of the work will be outside or in packing sheds. In the winter months layers, a warm jacket, ski type boots are recommended. In the summer you should bring sun cream. We will provide you with a pillow and cover but you should bring a sleeping bag or plan to but a duvet as soon as you arrive.
Transport: all transport for work is provided free of charge. Minibuses and drivers are provided free of charge for trips to supermarkets and other organised shopping trips. There is also a local bus service to King's Lynn and Wisbech.
The local area: there are no shops near the farm but the village of Terrington St Clement has a few shops, pubs, takeaways, post office and hairdressers. King's Lynn is about 7 miles away with a full range of shops, banks, cinemas, restaurants, nightclubs, sports facilities, swimming pool etc. There are places to walk near the farm and further afield is the royal estate at Sandringham and the beaches along the Norfolk coast. There are very good train links to Cambridge and London and bus services to Peterborough and Norwich.
• Rail tickets: www.thetrainline.com
• Rail enquiries: www.nationalrail.co.uk
• Bus travel: www.nationalexpress.com