This 12-week programme, running from September to December 2020, will enable you to build up your skillset for roles within the agriculture sector. You will cover a range of topics and enhance both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
The programme is aimed at those students who have secured a placement opportunity with a relevant employer, starting from January 2021, or for students aged 19+ who are aiming to gain further practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to support their future apprenticeship or employment applications.
The course will include attendance at Broomfield Hall, remote learning via the Microsoft Teams platform, and undertaking relevant work experience within a placement of your choice. The programme will offer you guidance on the industry, career routes and pathways, and a broad range of key discussion points to help you within your chosen career.
You should have obtained a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject.
You will also be required to have obtained GCSE English/Maths at grade 2/D.
Relevant industry experience is advantageous.
You will cover a range of topics including but not limited to:
You will be assessed through written essays, professional discussions and practical observations.
You will be required to purchase the necessary PPE such as steel toe-cap boots, a lab coat and the DCG uniform T-shirt/jumper.
You can progress into an apprenticeship, should you have secured a suitable employer, or other employment in the sector.
Teenager Ashley Slater's father and grandfather used to be farmers and as a boy, he spent many happy hours tinkering with his granddad's vintage tractor. Farming is in Ashley's blood and so, after completing his GCSEs, he knew he wanted to study agriculture. And now, after completing two Derby College courses, he is well on track to fulfil his ambition to become a contract farmer.
Ashley chose the full-time Level 2 agricultural course at Broomfield Hall, and went on to take Level 3. He covered everything from topping (removing tough tall grass) and ploughing, to lambing and machine maintenance. After college, his qualifications helped him land a general farmworkers' job on a 300 acre organic cereal farm at Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire. The farm also has around 120 head of sheep and a herd of some 100 beef cattle.
The two courses gave me the qualifications I needed and helped me build on what I already knew. Some of the teachers have their own farms and they really know what they are talking about. You also get an option to learn for various tickets you might need - like I got my pesticides tickets and rough terrain forklift ticket. It all helps to show you've got the knowledge and skills when you apply for a job. My ambition is to one day have my own contracting business with my own machinery, working on other people's farms.