Agricultural apprenticeships are an excellent way of getting an agricultural qualification and experience. As a farm employee you can earn as you learn, gaining key practical skills. You will be in employment for most of your time as training takes place on farm. The rest or your training takes place at your local agricultural college to work towards a nationally recognised qualification.
As a farm apprentice you could learn a huge variety of skills. For example, preparing and cultivating fields for crops, operating tractors with attachments, harvesting and storing crops, maintaining equipment and machines. If your employer is a livestock farmer you will learn valuable skills about animal husbandry, animal transportation, lambing and calving.
Benefits of becoming an apprentice
- Earn a salary while learning.
- Experience – You can never have too much experience and you never stop learning. No matter what sector of farming your aiming your career towards, all sectors provide valuable experience.
- Agricultural qualifications.
- First step up the career ladder.
- Could lead to a permanent farm job.
- Lifelong adaptable skills.
Requirements of an apprentice
- Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.
- An interest in farming and very eager to learn as much as possible.
- Practical and hands on.
- Willing to work more than 40 hours a week if required.