Game and wildlife management apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the game and wildlife management sector.

This apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work in the countryside looking after areas managed for shooting called beats or estates.

Training opportunities

You’ll learn how to manage wildlife habitats and make sure there’s enough game for shooting to take place. Game includes deer, and birds such as grouse, partridge and pheasant. Gamekeepers also actively manage wildlife habitats.

You’ll be trained to rear young birds from hatcheries making sure game is kept safe from predators, and making necessary repairs to equipment, buildings and release pens. In the shooting season, you’ll help arrange shoots, which includes hiring beaters and pickers up.

Other work includes:

  • managing woodland or burning heather
  • clearing land using power saws and other equipment
  • building fences and clearing ponds and ditches

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of game and wildlife management apprenticeships

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • under-keeper/beat keeper
  • game farm worker
  • under-stalker/ghillie

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • single-handed gamekeeper/head keeper
  • game farm manager
  • head stalker

Apply for a game and wildlife management apprenticeship

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

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education
Published 12 April 2012