Kick-start your career in farming by spending a year with McDonald’s tracing every step of our supply chain. Mentored by a host farmer as well as some of the UK’s leading food-supply companies, you’ll develop an in-depth experience in sectors such as beef (two placements available; one in the UK and one in Ireland), pork, potatoes, dairy and poultry farming – as well as an understanding of the whole agricultural supply chain. We’ll help you develop the broad range of knowledge you need to succeed in today’s farming sector, including business skills and technological know-how.

What we look for

We are looking for a full-time undergraduate studying at college or university within the UK or Ireland. You’ll need to be over 18 years of age and passionate about a career within the supply chain or farming. You’ll have good interpersonal skills and the ability to use your initiative and think innovatively to find practical solutions. You’ll have a keen interest in the agricultural supply chain, experience in practical farming and the ability to work alone as well as part of a team. You must legally be allowed to work in the UK.



"I chose to apply for the McDonald's Progressive Young Farmer Programme as I loved the variety it offered. Following the supply chain meant I was working in lots of different places, with lots of different people throughout the year. I don't come from a farming background so I learnt a huge amount and it opened my eyes to a world beyond the farm gate. Being given the amazing opportunity to not only work with McDonald's but many other companies in the supply chain has exposed me to a vast range of contact and new experiences that will be invaluable throughout my career."

Annie Pushman, Progressive Young Farmer Alumni

Application process


Step 1

Fill in our online application (this takes about an hour).


Step 2

If we like what we read, we’ll invite you to an assessment day at our head office in London, possibly followed by further interviews.


Step 3

If all goes well, we’ll offer you a job.

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