General Farm Apprentice J A & R S Mills

Eastwood Farm near Torrington is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual, with a real passion to work in the farming industry, to join their small, friendly team as an apprentice.

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Closing date: 22 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 to include Saturday hours. The starting wage is £3.50 per hour, but this is negotiable based on individual experience and abilities.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    20 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Eastwood Farm are seeking a motivated and reliable individual to join them as an Apprentice.

Duties will include

  • Milking duties during which you will be involved with many aspects of the dairy
  • Involvement with Vet rounds – TB testing, medicines, insemination and pregnancy checks
  • Calving
  • Feeding the animals - Making feed and measuring ingredients
  • Preparing bedding and mucking out
  • Animal care and management - Livestock movement
  • Slurry and yard scrapping, cleaning yard, boarder and fence maintenance
  • Involvement in ALL aspects of running a farm and what it entails

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Confident working with large animals

Most skills can be taught including tractor driving if necessary. But a good eye for working with stock is essential as picking up signs of early illness is crucial.


Personal qualities

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

Qualifications required

GCSE Grade D or above in Maths and English.

Future prospects

Happy to support training, good chance of employment on completion of apprenticeship

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

We are dairy farmers milking 115 pedigree holstein cows. We rear all our own replacements, rear our beef calves on as stores and along with our own dairy bull calves buy in further bull calves to rear as veal. We also have 140 acres of arable crops growing all of our own cereals to feed.


J A & R S Mills


April Cottage


EX38 8QP

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Training provider

Level 2 Certificate in Work Based Agriculture

Functional Skills in Maths and English, if required.

This programme is delivered through a combination of Work Based Assessmetn and one day a week attendance 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: 22 Oct 2017