General Farm worker Apprentice DAVID AND VALERIE PENNINGTON

David and Valerie Pennington at Horwell Barton are pleased to be offering an opportunity for a motivated individual to join them as a General Farm Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the industry and learn new skills. Duties include checking on the pigs first thing, reporting back any issues but undertaking basic requirements, such as administering injections.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Exact shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The lucky candidate would get involved with most aspects of the farm, the main duties being:


  • Scrapping out the pens and bedding up 
  • Helping to sort out the pigs for size ready for transportation 
  • Help maintain the farm machinery 
  • Help with the beef stock 
  • General farm work to include moving fences and other season jobs

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 on 2 days on alternate weeks 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 farm would like to train to keep the right candidate and support them through Level 3 Livestock Unit Technician apprenticeship if this is their choice

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience


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

Things to consider

The farm is set in a beautiful rural setting so you would need to be able to get to and from the farm without relying on public transport.

About the employer

Horwell Barton runs a pig finishing unit, otherwise known as a 'Bed and Breakfast' contract. They receive up to 3500 4 week old piglets and then finish them up to 20 weeks. They also have a small number of beef cattle as well as approximately 200 acres. This is a family run business which has been running in this format for the last 7 years.







EX17 5DH

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Training provider




01209 617826

Apprenticeship standard

General farm worker

Level 2 (GCSE)

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