Beef and Sheep Farm Apprentice Grenville Hockridge

Are you looking to start a career in Farming? Week Farm, near Okehampton are offering a great opportunity to join them an train as an Agriculture Apprenticeship (Beef and Sheep Farming)

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    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).

  • Working week

    40 hours per week, mostly Monday to Friday. Some weekend work may be required. Normal start time will be 8.30am, but some 7am starts will be required during lambing.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

G J Hockridge at Week Farm in Okehampton is seeking a motivated and hardworking individual with a real passion for agriculture to join them as an apprentice.

Typical tasks will include:

  • General yard work
  • Support with Lambing
  • Support with calving
  • Feeding the cattle and sheep
  • Preparing bedding and mucking out
  • Moving stock
  • TB testing and helping farmer with vaccinations
  • Fencing and maintenance
  • Potential involvement in the showing of Pedigree Sheep

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Tractor driving experience with a view to applying for tractor licence.
  • Attention to detail
  • Use own initiative
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to handle animals with confidence
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Able to work in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Able to work in a team, but also cope well on your own with limited social contact.

Personal qualities

  • Use own initiative
  • Problem solver/Logical
  • Proactive
  • Punctual
  • Have physical strength
  • Can work well in a team
  • Have a sense of humour

Qualifications required

GCSE grade D or above in English and Maths, or equivalent

Future prospects

An apprenticeship is a great way to spring board your career into farming. Whether you stay at this farm or not you will gain a valuable qualification and experience which will make you more employable within the industry.

Things to consider

You must ensure you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to and from work and to attend college.

About the employer

G J Hockridge operated a Beef and Sheep farm, keeping 100 South Devon Cattle and 350 North Country Mules, Exmoor Horn, Charolais and Shropshire (Sheep). All Pedigree at Week Farm.


Grenville Hockridge


Week Farm


EX20 4HZ

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Work Based Learning Diploma in Agriculture.
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths, if required.
  • The Programme is delivered through a combination of Work Based Assessment and one day a week at college.

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Duchy College


Dave Green 0845 60 99 599

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2017