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Agriculture apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the agriculture sector.

This apprenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for working on livestock or arable farms.

Training opportunities

As an apprentice, the nature of your work will depend on your employer. Most farm businesses are small, so you’ll find yourself playing an important role in a variety of tasks and developing plenty of useful skills like:

  • preparing and cultivating sites for planting crops
  • operating a tractor with attachments
  • harvesting and storing crops
  • maintaining equipment and machines

If your employer deals with livestock, you might also learn how to look after large numbers of livestock, load and unload animals for transport, and maintain the health and welfare of animals.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 3 types of agriculture apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • farm worker
  • tractor driver
  • stock person
  • pig technician
  • hatchery staff

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • section head - pigs, dairy or beef
  • agriculture machinery operator
  • assistant farm manager
  • livestock technician
  • hatchery supervisor/charge hand (poultry)
  • shepherd

Higher level apprenticeship

You can develop your skills to include agricultural business management like:

  • unit manager
  • farm manager
  • assistant farm manager

Apply for an agriculture apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education