You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the agriculture industry. Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the agriculture industry.
You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
Training is largely work-based with on-going practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.
You need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required.
Advanced Apprenticeship.You can You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship, the Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture Level 3 or the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.
You can also advance your career in roles such as farm worker, tractor driver, stock person or hatchery staff.
Craig Gavagan from Breaston was the first Agriculture apprentice at Broomfield Hall – learning new skills while working on our farm which boasts a wide range of livestock.
Craig, a former pupil at Friesland School in Sandiacre, had originally planned to do A-levels but decided to take a different route to success after seeing the apprenticeship advertised.
I didn’t know anything about farming life before coming here but I never want to work in any other industry now. I love working with the livestock and machinery and I hope that the qualifications I gain as part of the apprenticeship will help me get a job after the programme finishes.