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This Apprenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for working on livestock or arable farms.

Farms vary enormously, from hill farms with a flock of sheep, to vast mechanised arable farms that may be growing crops for bio-fuel.

As an apprentice, the nature of your work will depend on your employer. Working for a small company could mean you handle a wide range of responsibilities – alternatively, working for a large company might mean you take on a more specialised role.

On this Apprenticeship, you might learn skills like how to prepare and cultivate sites for planting crops; operate a tractor with attachments; harvest and store crops; and maintain equipment and machines. If your employer deals with livestock, you might learn how to look after large numbers of livestock, load and unload animals for transport, and maintain the health and welfare of animals.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll learn more specialised skills like how to monitor crops or livestock and promote their growth. You could also learn how to apply pesticides and manage habitats. The Higher Apprenticeship programme will allow you to progress further, developing your skills to also include agricultural business management abilities.

Most farm businesses are small, so you’ll find yourself playing an important role in a variety of tasks and developing plenty of useful skills along the way.


Job roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Farm worker
  • Tractor driver
  • Stock person
  • Pig technician
  • Hatchery staff

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Section head – pigs, dairy or beef
  • Agriculture machinery operator
  • Assistant farm manager
  • Livestock technician
  • Hatchery supervisor/charge hand (poultry)
  • Shepherd

Higher Level Apprenticeship

  • Unit Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Assistant Farm Manager


Last Updated: 18/09/2014

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