As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills in the agricultural industry, earn a wage and get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).
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.
- Overarching core skills
- Health, biosecurity and welfare
- Vehicle operation
- Handling and moving
- Plus additional skills for sector option, Pigs, Dairy, Beef, Sheep, (one sector option to be taken in addition to the core skills)
A stockperson needs to develop a diverse set of personal skills and behaviours to ensure success in their chosen profession. These include:
- Strong work ethic
- Effective communicator
- Team working
- Safety awareness.
It is recommended that this apprenticeship takes 18 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.
This apprenticeship has an End Point Assessment (EPA) and is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
On completion of the apprenticeship, suitably able candidates will be able to progress to supervisory / management level positions within the industry.
Appropriate employment in the agricultural industry.
GCSE grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) in English and mathematics.
BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture
Lucy grew up on the family farm, which is owned by her parents and includes a beef suckler herd.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: I enjoy the outside practical activities. Also, the staff all treat you like a grown up and are very helpful.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: I really like the friendly atmosphere on the course and I get on well with the other students.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I will be looking to get a job in the agriculture industry after this course and hope to progress from there to a senior position.