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General Farm Worker Apprentice Colleton Barton Farm

Colleton Barton is offering an exciting opportunity to work with an award winning herd of pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle. We are looking for a General Farm Worker Apprentice who is interested in learning about breeding, rearing, managing and showing pedigree cattle. We also have a small flock of pedigree Wiltshire Horn sheep.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Hourly rate is £5.00.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 5pm. Friday 7:30am to 4pm.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Some of the regular duties will include:

Tractor work:

  • Bedding, scraping and feeding during the winter
  • Fencing
  • Cutting and spreading silage
  • Woodland management

Practical work with the livestock includes:

  • Helping with the calving and the lambing
  • Managing young animals
  • Disbudding
  • Weaning
  • Halter breaking show cattle
  • Washing and preparing cattle for show
  • Showmanship 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

You will be working towards a Level 2 General Farm Worker Apprenticeship Standard.

You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Bicton College on a regular basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

Mandatory qualifications included in this apprenticeship are:

Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day course (Ofqual regulated)
City & Guilds Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance or Lantra Safe use of Pesticides’

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The business would like to train and offer further opportunities to the right person upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Initiative, Proactive, Punctual, Sense of humour


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade D/3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade D/3) Essential

Things to consider

Due to the nature of the role and the rural location, to hold or be working towards holding a driving licence would be very beneficial.

About the employer

Colleton Barton is a 500 acre farm in the Taw River Valley. It houses an award winning pedigree herd of Red Ruby Devon cattle. The owners sell pedigree breeding stock and attend a number of agricultural shows to promote the breed and their herd. An apprentice would learn how to prepare cattle for showing and how to present them in the ring. The other side of the business is top quality beef including a boxed beef scheme. Bullocks are reared and finished in a pasture only diet incorporating herb and legume rich paddocks. The 80 breeding cows are split into two calving blocks. There is also a small flock of pedigree Wiltshire Horn sheep. They are based just outside of Chulmleigh, around 16 miles from Crediton and 17 miles from Barnstaple.


Colleton Barton Farm





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Training provider




01209 616452

Apprenticeship standard

General farm worker

Level 2 (GCSE)

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