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.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture
James is from a farming family and wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather with a career in agriculture. His hobbies include shooting and football.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: I really enjoy the practical activities and farm work. I have also met a lot of really great friends on my course.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The supportive and friendly tutors. They are always there for you and will help in any way they can.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I would like to progress onto the Level Three Diploma programme at Riseholme College. Ultimately, I would like to become a farm manager or a partner in the family farm.