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Level 2 General Farm Worker (Livestock) Apprenticeship

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

The General Farm Worker role is vital to support the operation of farm enterprises through maintaining a culture of health and safety, biosecurity, engaging with third parties, maintaining crop, animal handling and health, maintenance and cleanliness of machinery.

The apprentice will work alongside the supervisor, supporting daily operations for the farm enterprises including identifying and maintaining animal or plant health performance, conducting routine tasks and assisting with general record keeping practices. The apprentice will also manage the storage of forage and crop, minimising waste and disposing of necessary waste appropriately.

This Apprenticeship Standard takes a core and options approach. All apprentices will complete the core and must select the one most appropriate option to their role: Livestock Worker or Arable Worker.

Course Code


Entry Requirements

Firstly you need to be recruited by an employer as an apprentice.

Employers will ultimately determine the entry requirements, but you must have<b...

Course information

Core skills & Knowledge:

– The five welfare needs of animals:
– The importance of biosecurity and how it is managed
– The responsibilities relating to movement of livestock, under health and safety and animal welfare legislation, regulation and local policy
– Feed, nutritional and water requirements of livestock at different stages of production
– The significance of producing crops to specifications and how this can be achieved.
– The most commonly used technology or automation options. For example, Robotic milking, EID tagging, GPS tracking and why maintenance is needed
– The importance of reducing waste, waste legislation and how this can be implemented in the workplace

18 months

This programme will be delivered through a combination of practical hands-on and theory based activities, which are scheduled one day a week at the BCA campus.

With all apprenticeships there is a requirement to record off-the-job activities and this will be achieved through the use of a dedicated electronic on-line portfolio which the apprentice, the employer and the college delivery team will all have access to.

The apprentice will be assigned a dedicated Assessor Trainer, who will undertake regular workplace progress reviews with both the apprentice and
an assigned workplace mentor, as well as supporting all aspects of the apprentices ongoing development.

Furthermore, this approach ensures any additional support requirements or interventions can be implemented in a timely manner as required.
A Virtual Learning Environment ensures all learning, development and support material can be easily accessed, further supporting the blended learning and development approach to apprenticeship delivery. This ensures flexible and responsive training at all times, through a combination of on-line and face-to-face activities delivered by industry experts, using our high quality, industry recognised resources and equipment.

Assessment overview –
Skills, knowledge and behaviours are assessed by competencies being displayed in the workplace, observations, employer feedback, assessor progress reviews, evidence collating and the employer enabling you to fulfil the requirements of your Apprenticeship.

On programme assessment will include various coaching and mentoring assessment methods. These assessments are designed to review the behaviours, knowledge and skills against set gateway criteria.

In addition you, your employer and the college are required to maintain an off the job training log evidencing new skills and knowledge being learnt over the duration of the apprenticeship.

The final grading of the apprenticeship will be carried out through an End Point Assessment, by an independent assessor.

A Graded Apprenticehip Certificate
– Level 3: Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day
course (Ofqual regulated)
– City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides or
Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

– Level 3: Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day
course (Ofqual regulated)
– City & Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides or
Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

Level 3 Crop Technician
Level 3 Livestock Unit Technician

Level 2

Acts responsibly to provide a high standard
of welfare and biosecurity to livestock and
crops under their care
– Able to adapt to change in conditions,
technologies and working environments.
– Ability to use own initiative and know when
to seek help
– Work proactively with internal and
external people

– Assist with safe restraint, moving and handling of livestock.
– Legally operate a farm vehicle and each attachment according to health and
safety requirements
– Carry out maintenance of farm infrastructure including housing for livestock,
boundaries and electric or non-electric fences
– Monitor and maintain health & welfare of livestock and assist with treatments
when appropriate
– Provide feed and water to livestock as instructed and report any issues to
appropriate person
– Complete manual and electronic records in accordance with legislation and the
business processes
– Produce products for sale from the business

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