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General Farm Worker Apprenticeship – Level 2

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PW2APSGFW
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  • Course aim

    A General Farm Worker will support the operation of farm enterprises through maintaining a culture of health and safety, biosecurity, maintaining crops, animal handling and health, maintenance and cleanliness of machinery. They will also be required to operate farm vehicles. Apprentices will be entering a vocational “hands-on” industry, where they will be expected to work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team and they must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment, and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

    Animal welfare and risk awareness and prevention are integral to this occupation.

    A General Farm Worker in likely to specialise in Livestock or Crop. All apprentices will complete the core and select the one most appropriate option to their workplace role: Livestock Worker or Crop Worker.

    Typical job roles include: General Farm Operative; Assistant Herdsperson; Shepherd; Stockperson and Tractor Driver.

    Ideally all applicants will have at least 4 GCSE’s Grade 3 (D) or above with at least one in either maths or English.

  • Course content

    The apprentice will study the core knowledge, skills and behaviours as laid out in the apprenticeship plan, as well as the optional knowledge and skills for their chosen pathway of Livestock or Crop. This will include assisting with animal and plant health and nutrition, maintaining health and safety and biosecurity, operating farm vehicles and optimising the environmental impacts of animal and crop performance, assisting with general daily record keeping, and managing and minimising waste disposal.

    You will also cover and provide evidence for a range of behaviours, which includes Work Ethic, Responsibility, Team Work, Communication and Safe Working.

  • Course assessment

    Apprentices will attend college on a day release programme for 12-18 months. Following a training period of skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

    • Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking end point assessment
    • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
    • Level 2 Award in Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
  • Benefits to employers

    Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Hiring an apprentice can help you improve productivity and reduce staff turnover.

    Fees

    If you have less than 50 staff and the apprentice is between 16-18 then the apprenticeship will be fully funded, you will only need to pay for the apprentice’s wages. If you choose to recruit an apprentice who is 19 or above you will be required to pay 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship (the government will fund 95%).

    If you are a large employer with 50+ staff you will be required to fund 5% of the apprenticeships costs regardless of the age of the learner.

    Employers with a wage bill of over £3 million will pay the cost of the apprenticeship through the apprenticeship levy.

  • Benefits to apprentice

    As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced, skilled staff, you will gain job-specific skills and training, you will earn a wage and get holiday pay whilst you train.

    The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from the life changing opportunities of an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are opening the door to professions that used to only be an option for people with a traditional degree.

    Apprenticeships are more than just another way to gain a qualification and can give you the skills you need to progress your career.

  • Course aim

    A General Farm Worker will support the operation of farm enterprises through maintaining a culture of health and safety, biosecurity, maintaining crops, animal handling and health, maintenance and cleanliness of machinery. They will also be required to operate farm vehicles. Apprentices will be entering a vocational “hands-on” industry, where they will be expected to work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team and they must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment, and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role.

    Animal welfare and risk awareness and prevention are integral to this occupation.

    A General Farm Worker in likely to specialise in Livestock or Crop. All apprentices will complete the core and select the one most appropriate option to their workplace role: Livestock Worker or Crop Worker.

    Typical job roles include: General Farm Operative; Assistant Herdsperson; Shepherd; Stockperson and Tractor Driver.

    Ideally all applicants will have at least 4 GCSE’s Grade 3 (D) or above with at least one in either maths or English.

  • Course content

    The apprentice will study the core knowledge, skills and behaviours as laid out in the apprenticeship plan, as well as the optional knowledge and skills for their chosen pathway of Livestock or Crop. This will include assisting with animal and plant health and nutrition, maintaining health and safety and biosecurity, operating farm vehicles and optimising the environmental impacts of animal and crop performance, assisting with general daily record keeping, and managing and minimising waste disposal.

    You will also cover and provide evidence for a range of behaviours, which includes Work Ethic, Responsibility, Team Work, Communication and Safe Working.

  • Course assessment

    Apprentices will attend college on a day release programme for 12-18 months. Following a training period of skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

    • Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking end point assessment
    • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
    • Level 2 Award in Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides
  • Benefits to employers

    Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Hiring an apprentice can help you improve productivity and reduce staff turnover.

    Fees

    If you have less than 50 staff and the apprentice is between 16-18 then the apprenticeship will be fully funded, you will only need to pay for the apprentice’s wages. If you choose to recruit an apprentice who is 19 or above you will be required to pay 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship (the government will fund 95%).

    If you are a large employer with 50+ staff you will be required to fund 5% of the apprenticeships costs regardless of the age of the learner.

    Employers with a wage bill of over £3 million will pay the cost of the apprenticeship through the apprenticeship levy.

  • Benefits to apprentice

    As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced, skilled staff, you will gain job-specific skills and training, you will earn a wage and get holiday pay whilst you train.

    The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from the life changing opportunities of an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are opening the door to professions that used to only be an option for people with a traditional degree.

    Apprenticeships are more than just another way to gain a qualification and can give you the skills you need to progress your career.

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