Agriculture Apprenticeship Simon C Yates

An apprenticeship on a farm assured small scale beef farm in the Peak District which offers an opportunity for the successful candidate to gain technical and practical experience across an extensive range of skills involved in producing pedigree cattle and running and developing a farming concern.

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Closing date: 06 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

    The working week will be 40 hours, usually Monday to Friday basis. Weekend work may be required when exceptionally busy.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

With appropriate training and supervision, the candidate will assist in the following:

  • Maintenance and improvement of grassland, woodland. fencing, hedges and drystone walls.
  • Operating a tractor with or without attachments
  • Harvesting and correct storage of fodder
  • Basic maintenance of equipment, machines and farm buildings
  • Purchase and storage of feed, bedding and fertiliser supplies
  • The feeding and care of cattle to maintain their health and welfare including offering support during veterinary visits
  • Preparation of cattle for market
  • Preparation for transporting cattle including loading unloading
  • Maintaining a knowledge of pest and diseases and assist in taking preventative measures
  • Completion of paperwork to support cattle movements
  • Ensuring correct government regulations are complied with
  • Protecting the environment and maintaining bio diversity.   

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Driving license desirable due to driving company vehicles
  • Tractor experience desirable but not essential as training will be given
  • Ability to organise and use their time effectively
  • Have good technical skills and can problem solve 
  • Has numerical aptitude

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic with a genuine commitment to farming
  • Willing to take direction and work supervised or alone once proficient
  • Caring and considerate interaction with livestock
  • Adaptable with a willingness to work under pressure-usually created by the weather conditions
  • Enjoys practical tasks
  • Resilient & patient
  • Enjoys putting theory into practice
  • Has a sense of humour

Qualifications required

GCSE English and Maths A-G or equivalent


Future prospects

The candidate would have a good basic grounding in managing a small farm enterprise.Potential for permanent position on the team on successful completion of the Apprenticeship

Things to consider

Mill Meadow Farm is based in Bradwell in the Peak District Derbyshire and is accessible from the village.The farm is divided over 3 sites, close to each other so being able to drive is desirable as driving to each site offers greater flexibility and effective use of time. The post holder will be required to comply with health and safety legislation as it applies to a farming environment.

About the employer

My Yates owns and operates Mill Meadow Farm comprising approximately 60 acres producing Charolais Pedigree Cattle. The farm is farm assured (Red Tractor)and has been in a Natural England Scheme for several years that is due to complete shortly and is participating in the Prince Charles Farming Resilience Programme. The livestock currently approximately 45 head, are bred and produced mainly for breeding and sale at the market across the North of England and Wales.


Simon C Yates


Mill Meadow Farm

The Hills


S33 9HZ

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Agriculture
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths if needed
  • ERR ( Employee Rights and Responsibilities)

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by DART Ltd (Dales Agricultural Rural Training)


Sue Kelly 01332 794910

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Closing date: 06 Oct 2017