The Course

As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills in the agricultural industry, earn a wage and get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week).

The key role of a stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently.

  • What You Study

    Core Skills:

    • Overarching core skills
    • Health, biosecurity and welfare
    • Vehicle operation
    • Nutrition
    • Handling and moving
    • Breeding/replacement
    • Plus additional skills for sector option, Pigs, Dairy, Beef, Sheep, (one sector option to be taken in addition to the core skills)

    Personal Skills:

    A stockperson needs to develop a diverse set of personal skills and behaviours to ensure success in their chosen profession. These include:

    • Strong work ethic
    • Adaptability
    • Effective communicator
    • Team working
    • Safety awareness.
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment in the agricultural industry.

    GCSE grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) in English and mathematics.

  • How You’re Assessed

    This apprenticeship has an End Point Assessment (EPA) and is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

  • Progression

    More advanced courses are available at the college for further progression.

  • Careers

    On completion of the apprenticeship, suitably able candidates will be able to progress to supervisory / management level positions within the industry.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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