About The Apprenticeship
As a Crop Technician, you will be responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through the establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, whilst maintaining and improving the surrounding environment.
You will need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations. Being a Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. Many companies now use automation for a number of routine tasks, which will require technical skills to operate.
This standard provides the opportunity for individuals to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours required and follows a ‘core and operations’ approach. This allows flexibility to learn core subjects and then specialise in either soil-based systems or containerised systems.
Employers will ultimately determine the entry requirements but you must have the attitude and ability to develop the required skills and knowledge during the apprenticeship. This will be tested via an application/interview process.
Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Legacy Statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
Farm Machinery Operator, Arable Farm Labourer roles.
Example Knowledge Content:
- Health and safety legislation and codes of practice in relation to the job role/workplace including contingency/emergency plans
- Practical health and safety information to ensure everyone is safe in the workplace
- Environmental issues/legislation, codes of practice and company policies
- Importance of maintaining systems for record-keeping and storage used within the organisation
- Maintenance/efficient use of machinery and equipment
- Preparation methods, the timing of activities and aftercare requirements for the crops grown onsite
- Crop identification and establishment process including principles and methods managed by nutritional support
Example Behaviours Content:
- Strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity, honesty, time management, loyalty and respect for others
- Able to adapt to change in environmental conditions, technologies, situations and working environments
- Being a clear and effective communicator
- Work and contribute effectively in a team
- Embrace a safety culture and apply proactively for self, colleagues and visitors
Example Skills Content:
- Promote and maintain health, safety and security
- Manage accurate records within the workplace
- Maintain and operate machinery and other equipment to allow safe and efficient operation
- Prepare seedbed/growing medium for maximum growth potential
- Carry out the relevant establishment of crops for efficient growth
- Competently operate (to the equivalent of a certified level) a relevant vehicle used in the business
- Store crops in suitable conditions to maintain quality
This apprenticeship programme will be delivered through a combination of practical hands-on and theory-based activities which will be tailored to ensure the apprentice develops the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional Arboriculture worker and effective member of your organisation.
With all apprenticeships, there is a requirement to record 20% off-the-job activities and this will be achieved through the use of a dedicated electronic online portfolio which the apprentice, you as 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 member of your team, as well as supporting all aspects of the apprentice’s ongoing development. This approach enables effective progress monitoring and target setting to be established from day 1, ensuring the employer and apprentice are clear about all aspects of the apprenticeship programme and what part they each play in ensuring the apprentice continues to make the expected levels of progress. Furthermore, this approach ensures any additional support requirements or interventions can be implemented in a timely manner as required.
A BCA Virtual Learning Environment ensures all learning, development and support material can be easily accessed, further supporting the blended learning and development approach adopted by BCA for all its apprenticeship delivery. This ensures flexible and responsive training at all times, through a combination of online and face-to-face activities delivered by industry experts, using our high quality, industry-recognised resources and equipment. The apprentice will be required to undertake and pass an independent End Point Assessment upon successful completion of their apprenticeship, after which point they will be awarded their Apprenticeship 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