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.
Trainee alpaca shearer Daniel Wall says the teaching and mentoring he received at Broomfield Hall has prepared him for his next adventure in life.
Daniel, who is 20, recently left DCG after completing his level 3 Agriculture course with distinction. He is now working alongside an experienced specialist alpaca shearer near his hometown of Redcar, with his job taking him to alpaca farms all over the UK.
Shearing alpacas – unlike shearing sheep – is a two-person job, and at around 15 minutes per animal, it takes five times as long. The shearing method is also quite different – alpacas have to be rolled onto their sides – and Daniel is grateful to Broomfield Hall for letting him practise his shearing technique.
He said: “The Broomfield Hall college and facilities are lovely and my lecturers have been great. They helped me achieve the best grade I could. They never failed to teach us something new every lesson and gave us valuable life knowledge. I’m lucky to have had them teaching and mentoring me as they’ve enabled me to start my next adventure in life.”
Daniel is keen to return to College to talk to students about his time there and has offered to help shear Broomfield’s alpacas next year.
As well as two “brilliant” college trips to the Zetor tractor factory in the Czech Republic, Daniel also listed the “togetherness” of the agriculture students as one of the highlights of College life.
He added: “Although we were taught separately, students doing levels 1, 2 and 3 mixed with each other. Broomfield Hall felt like one big family and I think that’s important in an education establishment.”
“The Broomfield Hall college and facilities are lovely and my lecturers have been great. They helped me achieve the best grade I could. They never failed to teach us something new every lesson and gave us valuable life knowledge. I’m lucky to have had them teaching and mentoring me as they’ve enabled me to start my next adventure in life.”