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.
Your employee will study for an SCQF Level 5 or Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship in one of these topics:
Their qualification will include:
Agriculture at SCQF Level 5
Agricultural crops at SCQF Level 6
Agricultural livestock at SCQF Level 6
Mixed farming at SCQF Level 6
Poultry production at SCQF Level 6
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
mixed farming or poultry 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:
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.