Technological advances in agriculture have increased in recent years, bringing with it a diverse range of careers you may not associate with driving tractors in a field. From drones and robots to genetic engineering and vertical cultivating, the industry needs skilled workers to meet the demands of this ever-changing sector.
An apprenticeship will allow you to earn money while you are studying. In order to start your apprenticeship in agriculture you will need to join the Level 2 course and on successful completion you can then progress on to Level 3 and beyond.
To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must be at least 16 years old and have an employer prepared to take you on throughout your study. If you do not have an employer, we may be able to help you find one, so please get in touch.
The type of work you will carry out during your agriculture apprenticeship will depend on your employer. As most farm
businesses are small then you will find yourself playing a vital role as part of the farm staff. You will carry out a number of important and varied tasks while developing skills for your future such as preparing and cultivating sites for planting crops, operating a tractor with attachments, harvesting and storing crops and maintaining equipment and machines.
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You are or would like to be employed in agriculture.
English and mathematics at GCSE grade D or 3 as well as an employer willing to hire you as an apprentice.
Crop or animal husbandry, depending on which apprenticeship route you choose, and other areas including tractor and machinery use and maintenance, nutrition, health and welfare, crop cultivation, harvesting and storage, health and safety, environment and conservation and welding.
You will spend most of the week with your employer, attending college for a minimum of 18 days per year. At college you will cover 50% theory and 50% practical work, which will include learning more about tractor and machinery use, nutrition, health and welfare, health and safety, environment and conservation, and welding.
The chance to earn money while gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
To improve your promotion prospects continue your apprenticeship with our Agriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, or go straight into employment.
Careers in this industry
- Farm worker
- Farm manager
- Agricultural scientist
- Agricultural consultant
- Agricultural engineer
Sarah Cann Dairy Farm Manager
It's made me able to take on more responsibility’s on the family farm at home and given more knowledge to look after and manage the cows its also given me more confidence in my ability’s and helped me with decision making. At the moment I work full time home on a 70 cow robotic dairy farm while my dad works away from home and I also I do relief milking on two other farms and do some herd health and help manage the cows on one of the farms I relief milk on. I love looking after the cows and the management side to that . I have a real passion for cows and the health and cow signals . If you're thinking about this course I would say go for it , the lectures are brilliant and your meet some friends for life and you can take a lot away from the course.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.