Why not sow the seeds to cultivate a great agricultural career at Hartpury?


Do you love working in the great outdoors and want to gain vital qualifications while you earn? An agricultural apprenticeship at Hartpury could offer you the perfect path to your dream career.

There’s no need to wait until September either; you can start an apprenticeship at Hartpury’s specialist agriculture campus at any time.

There’s no better time to find out more than National Apprenticeship Week (March 3rd to 7th) and with a stunning 360-hectare estate as your classroom, there’s no better place to support your work-based learning.

With Hartpury offering pathways in livestock, arable or mixed farming - our apprenticeships can be tailored to suit your career ambitions. They are open to anyone aged between 16 and 24 and working in agriculture for more than 30 hours a week. There are no fixed academic entry requirements.

Janatha Stout, Head of Agriculture at Hartpury, said: “With young people now having to stay in education until they are 19, an apprenticeship can be a great way of starting out in the world of work and earning money while continuing with your learning.

“Our apprenticeships are open to anyone working in agriculture, but if you’re interested and not currently working, we may well be able to help to get you a work placement with an employer. So why not get in touch to find out more?”

The majority of learning for the apprenticeship is undertaken in the workplace and this is tailored to the type of farm at which the student is employed. There’s also a day release element at Hartpury, with assessment being carried out at the college and in the workplace. Apprenticeships usually take around 18 months to complete.

Emma Merrett, 21, from Lydney (full case study and photos attached), completed a Level Two and Three mixed farming apprenticeship at Hartpury while she was working on a farm at Lydney with 270 sheep, cows, turkeys, horses and 100 acres of arable. She now works on a 300-cow intensive dairy farm.

She said: “For anyone considering an apprenticeship, I would say it is a good experience. You get to meet new people at Hartpury and it helps get you into the working environment too.

“The apprenticeship covers so many different areas too. I learnt so many useful skills, like looking after the health and welfare of animals, the importance of routine treatments to livestock, the grading of sheep and beef for market, as well as relevant legislation and health and safety.

“There are also plenty of opportunities to take short courses that boost your employability and your skills after you complete your apprenticeship. I would say to people if they are thinking about it, just go for it!”

To talk to someone about our agricultural apprenticeships, call 01452 702345.

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