As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the agricultural industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Maintaining the healthy growth of crops
- Preparing and operating a tractor with attachments
- Preparing feed and water supplies for livestock
- Growing young birds.
- Delivering basic treatments to livestock
- Identifying, monitoring and maintaining the healthy growth of crops
- Preparing and maintaining machinery
- Monitoring and maintaining the growth of young birds.
The Intermediate Apprenticeship usually takes between 15 and 18 months to complete and the Advanced Apprenticeship normally takes between 18 and 24 months.
More advanced courses are available at the College for further progression.
Work as an assistant on an arable and livestock farm, with crop cultivation, animal husbandry and estate duties. More senior roles can then be pursued, such as assistant farm manager, livestock and crop specialist and many more.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Agriculture and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
Farm Management Development Programme
Harry Middleditch is a 25-year-old Assistant Farm Manager for D F Middleditch & Son based on the Essex / Suffolk border. They farm approximately 1000 acres of combinable crops, as well as having a flock of 50 pedigree Hampshire Down sheep and 100 Poll Dorset Ewes. A 2017 delegate, see what Harry thought of the Farm Management Development Programme...
“Since completing the first week of the Farm Management Development Programme, I arrived home with a new outlook on agriculture as a sector as well as a broader understanding of management.
"The course has made me rethink my business and how to take it forward in this ever-changing time within the industry.”