Agriculture Apprentice A J England & Sons

Dunscar Farm in Rishton near Blackburn are looking to recruit an Apprentice to assist in their dairy farm. You will work in a team ensuring animal welfare and carrying out daily tasks including feeding, milking, bedding up, also processing milk in the dairy. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in agriculture.

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday 9:00 – 18:00 Tuesday 5:30 – 14:30 Thursday 5:30 - 14:30 Friday 6:00 – 14:30 Saturday 5:30 – 13:00 The above days include 30 min lunch/breakfast break and 2 x 15 min rest breaks.

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    20 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    07 Jul 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Dunscar Farm in Rishton near Blackburn are looking to recruit an Apprentice to assist in their busy dairy farm.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a keen interest in agriculture/farming. The ideal candidate would be local to the area, keen to learn, hardworking, reliable & have some interest or experience in farming.

The role is varied but main duties would include: assisting the herdsman in their daily role, including bedding, feeding, mucking out, milking cows & some tractor work. Other general farm work would also be included to meet business needs, such as repairing fences/hedges, maintaining machinery & repairing buildings.

You will work 38 hours per week between 5.30am (earliest start) and 6pm (latest finish), Monday to Friday with some occasional weekend work required. Times may vary depending on the season but this will be discussed at interview. You will be paid £4.50 per hour depending on age and experience. This will be reviewed throughout the programme and may increase depending on performance and progression. Training will be provided in the workplace with Myerscough College & you will work towards an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative

Personal qualities

The ideal candidate must be keen to learn, enjoy a challenge, be honest, hardworking, reliable and personable and have a keen interest in farming

Qualifications required

Qualifications demonstrating sound literacy and numeracy skills (e.g. GCSE English and maths A*-C or equivalent qualifications) are desirable. Please ensure you have listed all qualifications & grades in the appropriate section of this application, paying particular attention to maths & English. Candidates will be screened as part of the recruitment process and must be able to work at Level 1 in Functional Skills (Maths and English) in order to undertake this Apprenticeship. Please note that candidates with any qualification at Level 4 or above, including unit credits, are ineligible for funding and will not be considered for an Apprenticeship.

Future prospects

Possibility to progress on to the Advanced Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Nearest bus stop is 0.75 mile away. You will be expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions. To ensure your application has the best chance of being considered for the vacancy you must provide information on all qualifications undertaken stating highest grades achieved in every subject, paying particular attention to maths and English. Along with this you need to state any previous work experience. N.B. Depending on volume of applications this vacancy may close early, therefore early application is advisable. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour . This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

We are a busy family run dairy business, milking Holstein cows and rearing young stock.


A J England & Sons


Dunscar Farm

Wilpshire Road



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Training provider

Training will be provided in the workplace through Myerscough College where you will work towards an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture – Livestock Production. The Apprenticeship is made up of a number of different nationally recognised qualifications: Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture Functional Skills: Level 1 English Level 1 Mathematics Employee Rights and Responsibilities Delivered and assessed through a workbook Personal Learning and Thinking Skills Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Myerscough College


Employer Services 01995 642255

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017