Agriculture apprenticeships brief

Agriculture apprenticeships brief – Newsletter from Roger Clarke.

The future of agriculture relies on future generations. At CMC we feel it is important to educate and improve the skills of future farmers.  At the beginning of the year I completed a level 4 Agriculture apprenticeship with Duchy College so when they invited CMC to work with them to teach some of their classes, I was delighted to get on board and be part of the college again (and to be there to stop Matt waffling on and boring them!)

Every Thursday over the last few months our specialists have been teaching the level 4 apprentices in order to further their knowledge and skills on farm for progression onto managerial roles.  So far we have covered nutrition, grassland and fertility, through talks, discussions and field work.

Duchy College offer a range of courses and apprenticeships within agriculture. Below is a new apprentice program for level 2 learners written by Duchy Colleges Roger Clarke .

Agriculture apprenticeships

Stockperson New Standard Apprenticeship Level 2

September has witnessed the introduction of one of the first new Agricultural apprenticeship qualifications in recent history called the Level 2  Stockperson standard. A crops production apprenticeship is also close to being delivered through the college.

Animal welfare is a priority on a farm, this apprenticeship covers core requirements for looking after animals competently and depending on the type of farm you work on you will develop specialist skills in either pigs, sheep, dairy or beef production. You will cover a range of topics at college and at your place of work. Areas include:

Health, biosecurity and welfare
Vehicle operation
Handling and moving
Breeding/ replacement
You will attend structured farm walks and various off-site visits linked to your qualification, plus you will be expected to undertake and pass a range of courses as part of this apprenticeship. Each apprentice will be visited by their assessor on a regular basis to offer assessment and support on a one to one.

Benefits to the employer

The Stockperson New Standard Apprenticeship has been designed by employers for employers. As well as developing the apprentices core skills and knowledge additional qualifications include, Emergency first aid at work and The safe use of pesticides as well as one of the below:

Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
Granular applicator equipment
Handheld applicator equipment
Other short legislative courses are heavily subsidised such as Tele Handler, ATV and Mule.

Cost and funding

For a small business fewer than 50 employees this apprenticeship will be fully-funded for apprentices aged 16-18 or 90% funded for an apprentice aged 19 and over. £1000 incentives are also available for all businesses taking on an apprentice aged 16-18.

For businesses with more than 50 employers please contact our apprenticeship recruitment team to find out more.

What’s next?

Apprentices can progress onto the Agriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 offering specialist pathways largely delivered by the industry and then the Agricultural Business Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 100% delivered by the industry.

To find out more contact our apprenticeship recruitment team on:

0330 123 4785


Curriculum Lead Roger Clarke on

Bicton College and Duchy College work in partnership with CCB Training to deliver apprenticeships.