As an apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the agricultural industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture, Functional Skills, Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Maintaining the healthy growth of crops
- Preparing and operating a tractor with attachments
- Preparing feed and water supplies for livestock
- Growing young birds.
- Delivering basic treatments to livestock
- Identifying, monitoring and maintaining the healthy growth of crops
- Preparing and maintaining machinery
- Monitoring and maintaining the growth of young birds.
These apprenticeships usually take between 15 and 24 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the College for further progression.
Work as an assistant on an arable and livestock farm, with crop cultivation, animal husbandry and stable duties. More senior roles can then be pursued, such as assistant farm manager, livestock and crop specialist and many more.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Agriculture and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study agriculture.”
Chantelle has benefitted greatly from the opportunity to work on the College farm as part of her course.
She and her fellow Agriculture students have developed a wide range of practical skills across many different areas of farming, which has helped prepare them for careers in the industry.
Chantelle is planning to further enhance these skills by progressing to study a degree in Agriculture at the College.
“We have done a mixture of arable and livestock farming, so everything to do with crops and all different farm animals,” she said.
“We have done a lot of practical work on the farm. It involves shearing sheep, for example, checking on the crops – all aspects of farming really.
“I’m now looking at staying at the College to do a degree and would like to follow in my dad’s footsteps as an agronomist.
“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study Agriculture.”