Apprentice Stockperson Measures Farms Ltd

Ever wanted to become a poultry farmer? If so this is an exciting opportunity to join a family farming business producing turkeys all year round for some of the UK’s leading supermarkets.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £200.00

  • Working week

    Mon-Thur 7.30am-5.00pm , Fri 7.30am-4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    07 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    25 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001237543

  • Positions

    1 available

If you enjoy being out doors and physically active, rather than sitting at a desk all day, we are offering exciting opportunity to get into farming.

As Apprentice Stockperson you will support the day to day duties on a modern poultry farm, rearing turkeys from fluffy yellow day old chicks right through to fully grown 20kg birds. We rear our turkeys on 7 different sites which you will travel between daily to carry out checks, learning about the turkey at each stage of its life.

Joining our small friendly team, you will work alongside the Poultry Team Leader and Farm Director to develop the range of skills and knowledge to ensure the smooth running of our poultry operation. This will give you the opportunity to progress your career and gain the skills you need to manage poultry.

Possible duties could include;

  • Daily flock checks, husbandry procedures and record keeping.
  • Mucking out / washing sheds and setting up ready for new birds arriving.
  • Chick placement and loading older birds.
  • Machinery repairs and maintenance.
  • Ensuring compliance with company biosecurity and health & safety policies.

Once qualified you will be expected to take on more complex tasks such as;

  • Applying chemicals with a knapsack sprayer.
  • Rodent Control.
  • Operating farm machinery including tractors, bail spreaders and forklifts.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • This is a physically demanding role and will involve close contact with the turkeys, including catching, handling and removal of injured/ill birds.
  • Good observation skills, to immediately and instinctively spot any variations in the behaviour and well being of a flock of turkeys.
  • Someone who is practical, and able to follow through set methods and procedures accurately.
  • Good communication skills, including neat handwriting when recording information.  Ability to do simple arithmetic without a calculator!
  • Confidence to use your own initiative, and think through problems logically.

Personal qualities

  • Have a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Happy working in both a team and independently.
  • Have a flexible approach to work.
  • Be reliable and hardworking.
  • Be a good time keeper.
  • Good sense of humour.
  • Have a genuine interest in Agriculture.

Qualifications required

  • Ideally 4 G.C.S.E’s grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) This is not essential for a candidate with the right attitude.
 

Future prospects

A full-time position/progression within the organisation will be considered on completion of the 12 month apprenticeship programme.

Things to consider

• Accessibility issues? No public transport in this area • This is an agricultural role some outdoor work will be required as well as unsociable hours; this can include early mornings/weekend work. • This work is only with poultry, no other livestock is kept at the farm. Some maintenance of the premises and simple repair of equipment may be involved with this job. • Due to Hygiene and Biosecurity you will be declined a position if you currently keep or are in contact with any poultry or pet birds at home. • A three month probationary period will apply.

About the employer

We are a family owned and operated farm of around 3700 acres with both Arable and Poultry enterprises. We run our operation as one business, with a synergy between the two enterprises. For example, we use home grown wheat to feed the turkeys, our own straw for bedding, and turkey muck is spread back onto the fields after harvest. Our poultry enterprise was established over 20 years ago by Alan, and is made up of 7 individual units. We have the facilities to rear both free range and indoor turkeys, all to the highest welfare standards required by our customers. We currently have a team of 4 stockmen lead by the team leader Artis, and managed by Alan. For the right candidate there may be scope to develop skills further and to work across both Arable and Poultry enterprises in the future.

Employer

Measures Farms Ltd

Address

Hemington Lodge

Peterborough

PE8 5QP

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Training provider

The twelve month work based Apprenticeship will include the following training:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture (Poultry Production).
  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Level 1 Maths.
  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Level 1 English.
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills Workbook.
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities Workbook.

Learners will also be expected to attend monthly development workshops which will cover various poultry related topics including:
 

  • Nutrition.
  • Bird Health.
  • Ventilation.
  • Bird Treatment.
  • Egg Production.
  • Hatchery Skills.
  • Waste Management / Renewable Energy’s.
  • Quality Assurance / Auditing.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection.

Apprenticeship framework

Agriculture

Training provider

POULTEC TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Poultec Training Ltd

Contact

Ben Gaskins ben.gaskins@poultec.co.uk


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Closing date: 30 Oct 2017