General Farm Worker Apprentice DAVID AND VALERIE PENNINGTON

David and Valerie Pennington of Horwell Barton are pleased to be offering an opportunity for a motivated individual to join them as an Apprentice General Farm Worker. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain industry knowledge and experience, while developing new skills helping with the high welfare pig and beef units, and seasonal crop work.

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Closing date: 26 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.40 per hour

  • Working week

    Exact shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    25 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

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

  • The day to day running of a high welfare, straw based pig wean to finish unit.
  • Seasonal work to include help with the farms arable cropping of maize, wheat and barley. Crop walking with the agronomist.
  • Help implement the farms recent new Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship and Sustainable Farming Incentive applications including growing cover crops, herbal leys and winter bird food.
  • Help with capital items approved from the Countryside Stewardship including fencing, new gates, water pipes, drinking troughs and other items to improve the farm.
  • Maintenance of farm machinery including tractors, combine and forage harvesters.
  • Help with a small but expanding beef unit to utilise herbal leys.
  • Option to run a store lamb enterprise if the candidate wishes.

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 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 to expect at the end of your 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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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 617826

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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