General Farm Worker Apprentice MW & MD Grigg

MW & MD Grigg are offering an exciting opportunity to join their team as a General Farm Worker Apprentice. You will receive industry knowledge and experience and develop new skills relevant to animal care, tending to pasture and feed, and maintaining the farm.

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Closing date: 19 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Hourly rate will be £6 with the potential to increase based on performance.

  • Working week

    You will be working on a rota basis. Days can be flexible, times to be discussed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 May 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Working alongside the farmer, the main duties will include:

  • Assisting with day-to-day robotic milking and care of the animals, all to a high standard
  • Pasture and feed management
  • Tractor and machinery yard work
  • Maintenance of farm infrastructure including fencing and buildings
  • Opportunities to learn computer work associated with robotic milking

The training you will be getting

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 Duchy College Stoke Climsland on a weekly basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

Other mandatory qualifications:

  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1-day course (Ofqual regulated)
  • Level 2 City & Guilds Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance or Lantra Safe use of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths if GCSE Grade C/4 or equivalent not already attained

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be an opportunity for further employment and development for the right candidate upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Proactive, Punctual, Sense of humour


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

Things to consider

The business is based in a rural location. Please consider how you will reliably access the workplace on a daily basis.

About the employer

Downes Farm are delighted to be able to offer an agriculture apprentice the chance to join their team near Bideford, North Devon. Downes Farm is approximately 200 acres operating 75 dairy cows plus followers. The cows are milked through a single Fulwood robotic system. The farm calves all year round and is closed with all calves either joining the milking or finished for beef. The herd is grazed throughout the summer with a 'free range' system developed. The herd currently averages 9000 litres per cow per year with a focus on maximising milk from forage on a simple system. The farm is committed to the growth and development of someone interested in joining a family farming set up who wish to excel in the profession, offering opportunities for progression through training and experience in all aspects of a robotic milking system. Agricultural experience preferred.


MW & MD Grigg





EX39 5LB

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



01209 616452

Apprenticeship standard

General farm worker

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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