Apprentice Crop Technician Hawkes & Partners Friars

The apprentice will work alongside the existing team. You will undertake all duties on the farm, including all cultivations for crop establishment and all husbandry needs including fertilizing and spraying, and harvesting and storing crops. We undertake most repair work in- house, so there are lots of opportunities to learn and develop skills.

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Closing date: 03 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Overtime will be paid a time rate of £6.40. The employer may, from time to time and depending on its performance and profitability and your overall performance and conduct, pay you a bonus calculated on such basis as the employer may determine.

  • Working week

    Working hours will typically fall Monday- Friday, with some weekend work during busier seasons. Working hours will usually be 08:00- 16:30 but some days may start earlier if needed. However, some overtime will be available. 30 minute break every day.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Main duties will include:

  • Skilled tractor driver
  • Duties include tractor and telehandler operations and general farm work maintaining high standards of work (including organisation, record keeping, efficiency and safety) at all times. 
  • Duties also include responsibility for some machinery maintenance and repairs, to ensure readiness and smooth running
  • Tractor driving duties include all methods of cultivations, fertiliser spreading, hedge cutting, mowing, and grain carting of crops

The training you will be getting

For the full apprenticeship, candidates will complete:

  • Level 3 Crop Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • If not previously achieved, Level 1-2 in Functional Skills English and maths
  • First Aid
  • PA1 (Safe Use of Pesticides)
  • PA2 (Ground Crop Sprayer Hydraulic Nozzle)

For the End Point Assessment (EPA) apprentices will undertake a knowledge test, practical demonstration and a professional discussion.

Apprentices must attend college sessions in block weeks at the Easton campus, located to the west of Norwich.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • A position may be available for the right candidate following successful completion of the apprenticeship
  • The business is looking for somebody who wants to develop and gain a position following their apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Strong work ethic, Pride in work, Integrity and honesty, Time management, Loyalty and respect, Willing to learn, Commitment to development, Positive attitude, Motivate and dependable, Ethical and responsible, Flexible and reliable


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade 4/ C (L2 Functional Skills)) Desired

Things to consider

Applicants who are currently undertaking or sitting GCSEs should include their predicted grades on their application. If successful for this position, you will be offered a conditional place on the apprenticeship, subject to you meeting the entry requirements listed above. This role is entirely farm- based with all the cultivation requirements of a large arable farm. In addition, we undertake many of our own repairs with a skilled technician as part of the team. We also undertake many of the improvement projects ourselves, so there is scope to learn other skills; we are not always in the fields. Please note that this role is based in Chelmsford, Essex, so candidates need to be able to travel to and from work and the Easton campus. Candidates are expected to attain their full driving licence as soon as reasonably possible, as much of land requires us to drive on the public highway to reach it. Public transport- buses run from Chelmsford or Braintree, and stop 1/3 mile from the farm, or cycling which our previous 2 apprentices have done before passing their tests. We will put you forward on to training courses such as chainsaw, abrasive wheels, telehandler, safe tractor driving and ploughing.

About the employer

We are a 700 acre arable farm, growing predominantly milling wheat, with Oil Seed Rape, and Spring Beans as break crops. We run additional areas in Environmental stewardship schemes. We offer farming with regenerative principles where they fit in.


Hawkes & Partners Friars


Gate Farm

Moulsham Hall Lane

Great Leighs


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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


City College Norwich (Apprenticeships)


Apprenticeship standard

Crop technician

Level 3 (A level)

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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