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Apprenticeships in agriculture provide opportunities for employees to gain and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to excel in the workplace.

Agriculture is a diverse field so we offer a variety of flexible solutions. A full list of our apprenticeship courses can be found below:

Stockperson (Beef, Pigs, Sheep, Dairy), Level 2

Course Overview

Working with animals presents a range of challenges and as a stockperson apprentice, no two days will be the same. This apprenticeship training will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you’ll use throughout your career in farming.

Entry Requirements

You need to find a suitable employer in order to be able to undertake an apprenticeship.

We will need to check that you job that you are employed in gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours on the apprenticeship standard. You may not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you hold similar qualifications at the same or higher level.

We do not set any other entry requirements, although if you do not have grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) you will be required to study Functional Skills English and/or Maths as part of this apprenticeship.

Training

With over 150,000 businesses, the agriculture industry offers exciting and varied careers in the UK and abroad. The industry provides unique opportunities to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment. Businesses within the industry range from small family farms to large integrated organisations working across the food supply chain.

The key role of a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently.

A stockperson will be responsible for their own work but will have close supervision. As animal welfare is a priority on-farm, the key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help. Working with live animals presents a range of challenges to overcome and ensures no two days will be the same.

The core qualification covers the generic requirements for looking after animals competently. The sector options (beef, dairy, sheep or pigs) provide more specific needs for different livestock. Each apprentice will choose the option appropriate to their workplace. The apprenticeship provides a solid foundation for a range of progression opportunities within the industry.

As part of the apprenticeship the following courses will be undertaken:

  • Level 2 Award in The safe use of pesticides
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

Delivery

Day release – 1 day a week, based in Kendal, there will be a mixture of theory sessions and practical on-site visits to local farms.

Assessment

The End Point Assessment for this apprenticeship includes

- Online multiple-choice test

- Practical demonstration

- Professional discussion

Start Date

September 2021

Expected Duration

18 months + end point assessment

Employer Fees

  • Under 19: Free for small employers
  • Non - Levy: £500
  • Levy: £10,000

Livestock Unit Technician, Level 3 (subject to approval)

Course Overview

This course will suit those who operationally manage the livestock-related tasks on the farm such as animal health and welfare from conception and birth through to the customer, and to support business productivity. The individual will make key decisions on a day-to-day basis, ensuring the standards of cross-compliance, farm assurance, biosecurity and infrastructure security are met. The Livestock Unit Technician will usually only work with one species. The role will include the safe use and maintenance of farm vehicles, including the equipment used for transporting or producing feed. The individual will be required to understand, record and meet the business Key Performance Indicators that are set out by the employer.

Entry Requirements

You need to find a suitable employer in order to be able to undertake an apprenticeship.

We will need to check that you job that you are employed in gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours on the apprenticeship standard. You may not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you hold similar qualifications at the same or higher level.

We do not set any other entry requirements, although if you do not have grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) you will be required to study Functional Skills English and/or Maths as part of this apprenticeship.

Training

The key aspects of the course include:

  • Health and Safety processes and practices
  • The digestive process of commonly farmed livestock
  • The legal and operational aspects of livestock record keeping and farm equipment
  • Breeding and production cycles
  • The different types of technology and systems used in livestock production
  • How to prepare and implement health and welfare plans and schedules
  • The different types of grasses, forage crops and bought in feed used to support livestock nutrition and how to assess and manage them for optimum performance
  • Movement of livestock
  • Welfare requirements
  • The market factors such as price, supply chain requirements, legislation and relevant industry welfare codes, and the impact these have on the business
  • The range of stakeholders relevant to farm business and their potential impact on business success
  • Operating instructions and legal requirements for operating commonly used farm vehicles with a range of attachments
  • Impact of farm working practices on social, economic and environmental sustainability, including a basic understanding of how to contribute to government-led sustainability targets

Delivery

Day release – 2 days a week, based in Kendal, there will be a mixture of theory sessions and practical on-site visits to local farms.

Assessment

The apprenticeship will be assessed via an End Point Assessment

Start Date

September 2021

Expected Duration

18 months + end point assessment

Employer Fees

  • Under 19: Free for small employers
  • Non - Levy: £500
  • Levy: £10,000

Associate Project Manager (Agricultural Sector), Level 4

Course Overview

Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success. This apprenticeship training will equip you with the skills to know what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost. This apprenticeship is designed to suit those working in project management roles in the agricultural sector.

Entry Requirements

You need to find a suitable employer in order to be able to undertake an apprenticeship.

We will need to check that you job that you are employed in gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours on the apprenticeship standard. You may not be eligible for the apprenticeship if you hold similar qualifications at the same or higher level.

We do not set any other entry requirements, although if you do not have grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) you will be required to study Functional Skills English and/or Maths as part of this apprenticeship.

Training

Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. An associate project manager utilises resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities.

The course covers the following key areas: Project leadership, communication, stakeholder management, resource management, budgeting and cost control.

You must pass a project management qualification in order to pass the apprenticeship.

Delivery

College-based training will be 2 days a month.

Assessment

You must pass a project management qualification in order to pass the apprenticeship.

The End Point Assessment for this apprenticeship includes:

  • A portfolio of evidence
  • A presentation based on the portfolio of evidence
  • A professional discussion based on the portfolio of evidence.

Start Date

September 2021

Duration

24 months + End Point Assessment

Employer Fees

  • Under 19s: Free for small employers
  • Non -Levy: £300
  • Levy: £6,000