General Farm Worker Apprentice The Hale Farming Partnership Ltd

The Hale Farming Partnership at Swingdon Farm are excited 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: cleaning out, scraping and bedding down.

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Closing date: 08 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    A pay review is likely after 4 months - to recognise levels of knowledge, understanding and growth.

    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

    The apprentice would typically start at 9.00am and finish around 5:30pm. Some weekend work may be required at times, especially during calving and to cover for other members whilst on holiday etc. These details will be discussed further at interview.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    03 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Typical daily tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • General farm work and maintenance
  • Feeding and checking livestock
  • Animal health checks
  • Cleaning out, scraping and bedding down stock
  • Milking
  • Assisting with calving
  • Tractor work (once trained and proficient)

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, tutor and an apprenticeship advisor.

You will be required to attend Duchy College Stoke Climsland on a one day per week basis as part of the apprenticeship training.

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’

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

The apprentice will become a central and relied upon member of a friendly team.

The employer has a strong intent to offer progression onto the level 3 Livestock Unit Technician.

The job will cover all aspects of farming and will enable a wide variety of tasks to be performed, as well as opportunities for personal development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Punctual, Proactive


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

Things to consider

In the event that grade 3s / Ds are held, the candidate will need to participate in functional skills block release training. (minimum of 1 week for English and 2 weeks for maths). Due to the rural location, a lack of public transport and the required hours of work - own transport and a full driving licence is extremely helpful. This enables access to the farm, as well as to Duchy College Stoke Climsland for your training. This may not be essential, but please consider the practicalities before applying.

About the employer

Swingdon Farm is a dairy farm supporting a herd of 350 Frisian and Norwegian Red cattle, situated near Ashwater. High welfare standards and attention to detail are very important to all. The experienced team are positive, hardworking and progressive in attitude. They embrace new ways of doing things, work logically and are keen to invest in technology to further advance. - Milking duties are carried out twice a day, with a 25/50 herringbone parlour. - Robotic scrapers are installed. - Autumn block calving


The Hale Farming Partnership Ltd


Swingdon Farm



EX21 5DG

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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 616422

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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