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 ongoing 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.
Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications. From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start.
His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3. The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire. Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.
Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications).
For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000.
I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving.
You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.