Pro-Force SAWS Pilot Operators

The below FAQ’s provide further information on the Seasonal Worker’s Pilot Scheme, and Pro-Force Limited as a Scheme Operator.

Q: What is the Seasonal Worker’s Scheme? 

A: The government is introducing an Extended Seasonal Worker’s Pilot Scheme for 2021, which will enable the recruitment of 30, 000 temporary seasonal workers for specific roles in the edible horticultural sector. The Workers visas will be sponsored by the Scheme Operators under the new Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker route. Visas will be limited to 6 months per year during the pilot

Q: Where can I find out more information about the Scheme?

A: You can find out more information about the scheme via the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information

Q: How are Pro-Force involved in the Scheme?

A: Pro-Force and Concordia are the two scheme operators selected by Defra and the Home Office to run the pilot scheme. Being a  scheme operator allows us to sponsor, manage, supply and report on 30, 000 migrant workers into the edible horticulture sector to farmers across the UK.

Q: What countries will Pro-Force source labour from?

A: The scheme allows the operator to recruit globally outside of the EU.

Q: How do you select which Labour Users will be allocated the limited number of SAWs Workers? 

A: Workers will be allocated based on a weighted scoring system. Scores will be determined based on a selection of questions and criteria including location, crop varieties, quantity of workers required, length of requirement and availability of accommodation. An objective of the Pilot Scheme is to ensure that the scheme is piloted across a broad cross section of the eligible sectors and across the UK.

Q: What sort of work will be available under the Pilot Scheme?

A: The Pilot will cover the recruitment of seasonal labour for work solely within the edible horticulture sector.

Defra defines the edible horticulture sector to include the following:

  • Protected vegetables
  • Field vegetables, including vegetables, herbs, leafy salads and potatoes etc.
  • Soft fruit, including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries etc.
  • Top fruit (orchard fruit)
  • Vine and bines
  • Mushrooms

Q: What areas will you be providing Pilot Scheme Workers to?

A: We will be able to provide Pilot Scheme Workers to Labour User’s based all over the UK.

Q: I am a Labour User, how can I register my interest in utilising migrant workers under the Pilot Scheme?

A: Interested growers can register their details as a “Labour User” on the Pro-Force website http://pro-force.co.uk/seasonal-worker-pilot/

Q: I am a worker, how can I register my interest in applying for work under the Pilot Scheme?

A: Interested applicants can register their details as “workers” on the Pro-Force website http://pro-force.co.uk/seasonal-worker-pilot/