The industry provides unique opportunities for young people to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment, producing one of the country’s most important products – food which accounts for 14% of the British GDP. Businesses within the industry range from small family farms through to large integrated organisations working across the food supply chain. The key role for a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently.
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You are starting your career in agriculture or you have completed a one year full-time agricultural course already or A levels at college. A stockperson will be responsible for their own work, but will have close supervision. As animal welfare is a priority on farms, key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help. Working with live animals presents a range of challenges to overcome and ensures no two days will be the same. This standard follows a ‘core and options’ approach. The core covers the generic requirements for looking after animals competently and the sector options provide more specific needs for different livestock. One option will be taken in addition to the core skills to complete this apprenticeship, which provides a solid foundation for a range of progression opportunities within the industry.
GCSE English and maths at grade 3, as well as an employer willing to hire you as an apprentice
You will cover a range of topics at college and at your place of work with both the college and employer taking responsibility for your training and education. Areas covered include:
- Health, biosecurity and welfare
- Vehicle operation
- Handling and moving
- Breeding/ replacement
- Cost production and margins
- Awareness of Key Performance Indicators
- Animal housing and accommodation
- Effective maintenance of equipment
- How technology can assist business efficiency
- Supply chains
To spend most of the week with your employer, attending college for a minimum of 18 days per year.
At college you will cover 50% theory and 50% practical work, which will include learning more about tractor and machinery use, nutrition, health and welfare, health and safety, environment and conservation, and welding.
You will be expected to undertake and pass a range of courses as part of this apprenticeship to include emergency first aid at work and the safe use of pesticides as well as choosing to do one of the following
- Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
- Granular applicator equipment
- Handheld applicator equipment
Other short legislative courses are heavily subsidised such as Tele Handler, ATV and Mule.
Earning while you learn and having the chance to attend structured farm walks and various off site visits linked to your qualification.
You will have the chance to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship or a full time study program at the college upon successfully completing this Stockperson Standard.
Careers in this industry
- Farm worker
- Farm manager
- Agricultural scientist
- Agricultural consultant
- Agricultural engineer
Sarah Cann Dairy Farm Manager
It's made me able to take on more responsibility’s on the family farm at home and given more knowledge to look after and manage the cows its also given me more confidence in my ability’s and helped me with decision making. At the moment I work full time home on a 70 cow robotic dairy farm while my dad works away from home and I also I do relief milking on two other farms and do some herd health and help manage the cows on one of the farms I relief milk on. I love looking after the cows and the management side to that . I have a real passion for cows and the health and cow signals .
If you're thinking about this course I would say go for it , the lectures are brilliant and your meet some friends for life and you can take a lot away from the course.
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