You will be responsible for optimising crop yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment. You will also 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.
- Crop establishment
- Vehicle operation
- Crop management
- Maintenance and preparation
In addition for soil-based systems there are specific skill requirements:
- Correctly set machinery and monitoring machine performance for good seed establishment and crop growth
- Correctly set machinery to match crop and soil condition and quality requirements during harvest
- Maintenance of non-productive areas
- Impact of machinery on soil structure and potential damage.
Apprentices need 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 two years 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 this apprenticeship, Crop Technicians will have the opportunity to progress within the industry into roles such as unit/arable manager, production manager, farm manager.
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Appropriate employment in the agricultural industry.
GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and mathematics.
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.