Pig Breeding Herd Apprentice (Outdoor Unit) HORTON FARMS LTD

A fantastic opportunity to develop a career in agriculture as an apprentice stockperson, learning all aspects of this extremely widespread and important East Anglian career option.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    35 hrs p.w. M-F 8am-3pm, plus 1 weekend in 3

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

A principal duty will include preparing for sows to farrow and helping to care for their piglets.
Additionally, duties include promoting the highest standards of animal welfare, ensuring the pigs have all they need to be happy and healthy

In addition your duties will also include the following
• feeding sows,
• moving sows,
• weaning piglets,
• heat detection,
• administering vaccines and medication,
• practicing good bio-security
• accurate record keeping.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The ideal candidate will be hardworking and reliable as well as flexible in relation to the working week. Candidates must give consideration as to how they will get to and from work each day. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as within a team.

Personal qualities

The ideal candidate will have a genuine desire to work with livestock and have in the forefront of their work attitude a genuine desire for the wellbeing and care and attention of pig livestock. We welcome applicants from both male and female. Applicants must be keen to learn about keeping and breeding pigs and animal welfare

Qualifications required

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 3 or equivalent qualifications. Evidence of qualifications will need to be supplied on request. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be signed up on to the apprenticeship programme.

Future prospects

This position provides good opportunities for the right candidate who proves to be hardworking, flexible and reliable. Further training and development would be available.

Things to consider

There is no accommodation for this position; therefore ideally candidates will be locally based. If you are applying from further afield has consideration been given to relocation costs?

Consideration should also be given to the physical nature of the role.

About the employer

We run a very successful outdoor breeding unit with approximately 800 sows producing piglets that are sold for growing on. We have earned an excellent reputation for the quality of our stockmanship, our high levels of animal welfare and for the professional development and care of our staff. We are a very close and supportive team of 5 who are passionate about pig farming and we constantly look at ways in which we can improve.




Dillington Hall



NR19 2QB

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Training provider

Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests.

College attendance is block release 1 week in 6 at Easton Campus

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Easton and Otley college


Janet Poole

Other information

Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour (effective from 1st April 2017). This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Employer is offering £5 per hour.

Working Week: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm, plus 1 weekend in 3 will be required as normal working hours

Shortlisting and Interviews - Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy ad. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today