You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the agriculture industry. Practical skills will be mostly practised and developed in the workplace while theoretical background will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
You must be in employment and be committed to a career in the agriculture industry.
You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.
You need one of the following:
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
Training is largely work-based with on-going practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding and your progress will be regularly reviewed and assessed.
You need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
There are no course fees for applicants aged 16-18. For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required.
Advanced Apprenticeship.You can You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship, the Diploma in Work-Based Agriculture Level 3 or the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture.
You can also advance your career in roles such as farm worker, tractor driver, stock person or hatchery staff.
Teenager Ashley Slater's father and grandfather used to be farmers and as a boy, he spent many happy hours tinkering with his granddad's vintage tractor.
Farming is in Ashley's blood and so, after completing his GCSEs, he knew he wanted to study agriculture.
And now, after completing two Derby College courses, he is well on track to fulfil his ambition to become a contract farmer.
Ashley chose the full-time Level 2 agricultural course at Broomfield Hall, and went on to take Level 3. He covered everything from topping (removing tough tall grass) and ploughing, to lambing and machine maintenance.
After college, his qualifications helped him land a general farmworkers' job on a 300 acre organic cereal farm at Sutton Bonington in Nottinghamshire.
The farm also has around 120 head of sheep and a herd of some 100 beef cattle.
The two courses gave me the qualifications I needed and helped me build on what I already knew. Some of the teachers have their own farms and they really know what they are talking about. You also get an option to learn for various tickets you might need - like I got my pesticides tickets and rough terrain forklift ticket. It all helps to show you've got the knowledge and skills when you apply for a job. My ambition is to one day have my own contracting business with my own machinery, working on other people's farms.