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General Farm Worker Apprenticeship

Cultivate your agricultural skills by taking up this Apprenticeship and work on livestock farms.

The Agriculture sector is huge and makes up 6% of all UK business, which equates to around 660,000 employees nationwide. Craven College serves a largely rural community so we understand the needs of local employers and their workforce. Opportunities in Agriculture range from work on the traditional smaller farm or specialist farm with rare breeds to the large commercial farm with a variety of animals and crops. Working with livestock, you could be managing a dairy herd, cattle for beef, sheep for both wool and lamb, pigs, poultry, goats or even alpacas! The work is very interesting, varied and rewarding but you must be prepared for long days, early starts and working in all weather conditions.

As part of the Apprenticeship, you will have monthly workplace visits from a Learning Development Advisor, with 6 hours per week off the job training which will be tracked. You will build a portfolio showing your work-based evidence.

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Study Location
15 Months
depending on Level
Level 2
Qualification Level
1 day / fortnight (term time)
College Attendance

Entry Requirements

  • While there are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship, you may be required to do an Initial Assessment to ascertain your suitability for the course
  • If you do not hold a qualification in Maths & English at Level 1, you will be required to pass Functional Skills in these subjects and work towards Level 2 prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship
  • No other specific qualifications are required as full training will be given
  • Employment in the industry

What you will study

  • Biosecurity
  • Animal Welfare
  • Risk assessment
  • Movement of livestock
  • Operating mechanical vehicles
  • Methods of service to aid conception
  • Monitor and maintain health & welfare of livestock
  • Monitor the quantity and quality of grass and forage crops
  • Load, unload and complete paperwork for transportation
  • Produce products for sale from the business
  • Team work
  • Customer focussed
  • Clear and effective communicator
  • Adapable to change
  • Give and receive information timely and accurately
  • Emergency First Aid at Work – 1 day
  • Safe Use of Pesticides – 1 day

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Livestock Unit Technician Apprenticeship


  • General Farm Worker
  • Head Stock Person/Herdsman
  • Farm Manager
  • Self Employed
  • Farm Contractor
To apply for an Apprenticeship, please complete the online application form and our Apprenticeship Team will contact you to arrange an interview.
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