Apprentice Farm Worker Sheepdrove Organic Farm

This is a fantastic opportunity to work as an apprentice farm worker at a high profile diverse Organic Farm. You will work within the small and friendly team on a wide range of tasks involving livestock and crops. We could almost say no two days are the same!

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hours Monday to Friday including your day at college. Summer hours – 8am to 5pm Winter hours – 7.30am to 4.30pm. 1 hour lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    20 Jun 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

We are looking to appoint an Apprentice Farm worker who will be trained in all aspects of Agriculture here at Sheepdrove and understand how organic farming really works.  You will be trained by our professional Farmers and Agricultural team with a wide range of skills, as well as studying for a recognised qualification within horticulture at Berkshire College of Agriculture.

  • General farm and yard work
  • Feeding the animals - making feed and measuring ingredients
  • Check feed and water levels
  • Preparing bedding and mucking out
  • Animal care and management
  • Support with calving
  • Support with lambing
  • Cleaning the yard
  • TB testing and helping the farmer with vaccinating when necessary
  • Fencing and maintenance
  • Tractor roles (once trained) would include: rolling, yard scraping, loader work, feeding with the forage box, bedding up using the strawchopper and fertiliser spreading
  • Use of initiative
  • Punctual
  • Farm maintenance - fencing, walling maintaining farm buildings
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Willing to undertake manual and heavy work
  • Happy to work what can seem long hours
  • Able to work both in a team and independently
  • Be a keen practical and theoretical learner who acts responsibly
  • Seek assistance with work appropriately.
  • Site clearance: removing remains of previous crop (topping rape stubble, clearing bales etc).
  • Any cultivations: Ploughing, cultivating, discing, rolling etc.
  • Crop walk (check weeds/pests/diseases, growth).
  • Apply nutrients: Muck/slurry/fertiliser spreading.

Other benefits,

Free training at Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Team player
  • Good communication skills
  • A practical knowledge and understanding relating to agriculture and heavy livestock would be helpful as this shows a practical interest, but it is not deemed to be an essential quality IF other relevant strengths are presented:

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated
  • Practical approach
  • Someone who enjoys working in a team
  • An interest in farming.

Qualifications required

Everyday English and Maths.

Future prospects

Possibility of a full time position once the apprenticeship is complete.

Things to consider

Physical role – working outside in all weathers. Needs to enjoy working with animals. Must have a passion for farming. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

A high profile employer. Diverse Organic farm based in Lambourn, Berks.


Sheepdrove Organic Farm


Warren Farm


RG17 7UU

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Training provider

  • College attendance required once a week
  • Diploma in Agric Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths unless exempt
  • Functional Skills English unless exempt
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Berkshire College of Agriculture


Sophie Robinson 01628827438

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017