Farmers across the region are being urged to employ more apprentices to make sure agriculture remains a key industry in the local economy.
They say it's vital to attract the right calibre of employees so that farming has a reliable workforce in the years to come.
Oscar Smith is working on a farm in Norfolk ahead of a part-time five-year degree course at Easton and Otley College starting next month.
It's the freshness of people like Oscar and Kurtis Wilson, who's the first apprentice to be employed by Wayland Farms that the farming industry wants to encourage.
He's two weeks into a one year apprenticeship in the pig industry.
18 months ago the Edge Apprenticeships in Food and Farming were set up to tackle the skills shortage and widening age gap in the industry in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Daniel Brice is showing Kurtis the ropes. He came into farming through a University background and says the industry's big enough to absorb graduates and apprentices.
The hope is agriculture will recognise that those like Oscar and Kurtis are the potential farmers and growers of tomorrow.