This industry is very varied and farms can be very different. Some with be livestock only other will be crops (arable). Many farms will be mixed farming both arable and livestock and the nature of the work will depend on your employer. You could find yourself dealing with animal husbandry, such as feeding animals, unloading or loading animals for transport or maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals and working and maintaining machines. If the farm is arable, then the work will involve, preparing and cultivation sites for crops, operating tractors and large machinery, harvesting and storing crops and maintaining machines and equipment.
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
- An apprenticeship is a job with training that allows individuals to gain a national qualification whilst they work and earn.
- As an apprentice you will earn the appropriate national minimum wage
- You will attend college one day a week, where you will receive practical and theoretical training
- The rest of the training and assessment is undertaken in the workplace
About the course
This is a skilled but physical apprenticeship so you would need to be prepared to work outside in all weathers as well as working with people, so would need to be good at communicating. Some farm work such as dairy work will require early starts. Other areas such as arable work will mean you would need to be prepared to work late hours during the harvest.
We aim to teach you agricultural and technical skills by providing you with underpinning knowledge through college study and on the job training, practical skills, with your employer supported by six weekly visits from the college and your portfolio evidence. You will learn, maintenance skills, behaviours and industry knowledge skills.
Depending on which area you choose to work in you might study,
• Welfare of livestock
• Animal husbandry
• Crop husbandry
• Machinery and equipment
• Farm records
• Maintenance of farm structures
• Health and safety
Other skills will include functional skills needed in the workplace. Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths by the end of the apprenticeship.
Progression from Apprenticeship
You may decide to continue onto a higher level qualification such as a level 3 apprenticeship.
UCAS now accepts Apprenticeships as a recognised route into university, so if you decide you want to pursue academic qualifications in the future, you still have the option available to you.
How does it work?
All apprentices need to complete 20% off the job hours (OTJ). If you are contracted to work 37 hours per week, you will need to complete 7.5hours. Part of your college day will count, where you will be given all the theoretical knowledge as well as functional skills. You will complete journal/time-logs in the workplace to make up the rest of the OTJ.
You will have your e-portfolio assigned to you and an apprenticeship trainer. They will mentor, teach and come to visit you in the workplace every six weeks to complete a progress review and workplace assessments.
There are no tuition fees to you as the apprentice. The fees will be paid by your employer. 16-18 years olds will be free unless your employer has 50+ employees when they need to pay 10% of the costs. Aged 19+ then there is a 10% course fee or the levy charge associated with the particular apprenticeship.
English & maths – Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.
To undertake an apprenticeship, you must have an employer. If you do have a job and your employer is keen for you to do an apprenticeship, then please email or call on the details below and we will get in contact with you and your employer to arrange a meeting.
If you have not already got a job, then take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies here or contact us on the details below.
Telephone: 01628 827438
The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 18 to 24 months.