Agriculture Apprenticeship Level 2
This apprenticeship is ideal if you already have some knowledge, basic skills or an interest in the agricultural industry and want to progress in your career. The units you will study reflect the job roles within the industry and you will have a choice of pathways to suit your interests; a livestock, crops or mixed pathway. Units vary from health and safety and personal performance, to planting crops and supplying feed and water to livestock. There will also be the opportunity to study for additional professional qualifications, such as safe use of pesticides, forklift use and first aid.
You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 4 -9, including English and maths or Functional Skills Level 1 in English and maths.
During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:
- Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Maintain the healthy growth of crops
- Establish and maintain conditions appropriate to the welfare of animals
- Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments
- Prepare and cultivate sites ready for planting crops
- Plant crops
- Carry out harvesting operations by mechanical means
- Prepare feed & water supplies for livestock
- Monitor and maintain the supply of feed and water to livestock
The majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.
You will gain the following qualifications:
Work-based Agriculture City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- Functional Skills in English and Maths
You will also have the opportunity to take additional qualifications in First Aid (one day course) plus one other occupational test (for example, safe use of pesticides, tractor driving or forklift truck).
Further study and career options
Further study: On successful completion of this course you could progress on to study the Agriculture Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship.
Future careers: This qualification could help you find work in roles such as agricultural/horticultural technician or farm worker in crops or livestock.
To take part in this course you should have a suitable level of physical fitness and should be prepared to work outdoors throughout the year. Some employers may require you to work more hours at busy times, as many jobs are seasonal.