The key role for a stockperson is to raise animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work both in a team and independently.
You will be provided with a solid foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the livestock industry. You will learn and develop practical skills and knowledge from your workplace which can then be built upon at College to ensure a well-rounded understanding of caring for livestock.
College attendance is required on a fortnightly day-release basis.
You must be employed within and 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.
NB. If you do not currently have employment in the agriculture industry, we can help you with this too. Please look at our website for current vacancies.
The apprenticeship includes:
On completion of the pesticides foundation unit, you can also choose one of the following units:
- Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
- Granular applicator equipment
- Handheld applicator equipment
On-programme assessment includes:
End-point assessment includes:
You will need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
On completion of the apprenticeship, suitably able candidates will be able to progress to supervisory/management level positions within the industry and potentially further qualifications.
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.”