Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship helps employees develop the skills and knowledge they need to work in the agriculture industry. With different levels available, it can be used as an entry point or a progression route for employees.

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

To start at this level there are no set entry requirements.

SCQF Level 6

For this level, there are no set requirements but it may help if the employee has completed the SCQF Level 5 apprenticeship.

For both levels, employees should:

  • enjoy working with livestock, crops or machinery

  • enjoy working outside

  • be competent to complete the qualification

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

After completing this level, your employees will be able to work in positions such as assistant herds person, general farm worker or stock person. They will be able to progress on to the SCQF level 6 MA in Agriculture, or into further or higher education.

Courses could include:

  • SCQF Level 6 agricultural crops

  • agricultural livestock

  • mixed farming or poultry production

  • gricultural sciences

  • conservation

  • sustainable farming

  • seed production

SCQF Level 6

After completing this level, your employees will be able to work in positions such as:

  • herds person or head herds person

  • agricultural machinery operator

  • skilled stock person

They will be able to progress into further or higher education. Courses might include:

  • agricultural sciences

  • conservation

  • sustainable farming

  • agriculture

  • seed production

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How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take around 3 years to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider