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Stockperson Apprenticeship (beef, pigs, sheep, dairy) (Level 2)



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Course Overview

A stockperson’s work is essential to the agricultural industry. Raising animals to high standards of welfare and with consideration for their needs is a skilled role, combining technology and manual labour. As a stockperson apprentice, you’ll need compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work both in a team and independently. Animal welfare is always a priority on a farm, so the key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help. The challenges of working with livestock mean no two days are the same, and an apprenticeship training provided at Lackham will equip you with the knowledge and skills you’ll be using throughout your career.

What will I learn?

The apprenticeship will support you in developing skills needed to work safely and securely. You’ll learn how to use the appropriate technology, machinery and equipment to support your role, and practice essential record-keeping. Hands-on learning is at the heart of the qualification, and includes a wide range of topics and tasks preparing you for roles across the livestock industry. There are various core modules, covering the generic requirements for competent animal care. Optional modules allow you to explore the specific needs for different livestock, allowing you to tailor your learning to your own ambitions.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Typically an apprentice will spend 18 months on-programme working, with a minium of 20% off-the-job training.

The End Point Assessment (EPA) will only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard. The EPA must be completed within six months.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

A Level 1 or another Level 2 qualification in Agriculture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage.

You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.

You must have secured a position with an employer and be ready to start working with them before you can begin your apprenticeship course.

If you already have an employer and they have agreed to put you through an apprenticeship, contact the Apprenticeship team and we'll get you started. Email or call 0845 345 2235.

If you don’t have an employer, you can still apply for an apprenticeship directly - check out our latest apprenticeship vacancies here:

Additional Costs and Information

An Intermediate apprenticeship in Agriculture will usually take 18 months to complete.

You will attend college for one day per week during term time as part of your training.

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What Could I Do Next?

Level 3 Diploma in AgricultureLevel 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture

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