Agriculture Apprentice R E Gilbert & Son

This beef cattle farm in Ruan Minor, Helston is wishing to appoint a hardworking and motivated agriculture apprentice, offering secure and long term prospects.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hrs on a rota

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 - 15 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    11 Mar 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

An Agriculture Apprentice is needed to support in a variety of tasks involved in the daily care and management of their beef cattle.

The principal duty of this role is to assist with:

  • Feeding and watering.
  • Cleaning yards and the calving pens.
  • Stock work and movement of animals.
  • Animal health and wellbeing.
  • Bedding to be cleared and re-bedded.
  • Use of an ATV and a skid steer (training to be provided).
  • Electric fence maintenance.
Cattle can be housed for much of the year, depending on their condition and development.

Others have the opportunity to be outside.

Ideally the farm is looking to engage with an individual who holds some agriculture experience.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The scale of the farm dictates that applicants should have some existing knowledge and understanding of working with large animals.
  • A strong willingness to learn is also a very important quality.

Personal qualities

Applicants are expected to be:

  • Keen
  • Able to carry out a full range of agriculture livestock tasks (once instruction has been provided)
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Interested and willing to learn
  • Happy to work outside in all weathers
  • Practical and hands on in attitude
  • Hardworking
  • Able to listen and to work to given instructions
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Wanting to build a career in agriculture

Qualifications required

2 GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade D or above (or equivalent) are essential however, applicants with relevant prior experience but without the stated qualifications may be considered, though must be prepared to work towards their level 1 functional skills qualifications.

A driving licence is helpful but is not essential, as long as you are able to get to and from the employer reliably and access Duchy College Rosewarne for your fortnightly training.

Future prospects

It is strongly anticipated that a full time employment opportunity will offered to the apprentice upon successful completion of this apprenticeship.

Things to consider

You must ensure you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to the farm and to attend Duchy College Rosewarne.

The role will require you to be confident to work with large livestock.

About the employer

Erisery Barton at Ruan Minor comprises between 550 – 750 head of beef cattle, 8 bulls and 1000 acres.

The farm calves 270 a year.


R E Gilbert & Son


Erisey Barton Farm

Ruan Minor


TR12 7LJ

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Training provider

The Work Based Diploma in Agriculture, Intermediate level, including:

  • One day emergency first aid course
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Building a portfolio of evidence
  • Functional skills in English and Mathematics at level 1
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • On and off the job training

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Duchy College


Davina Sands 01726 226505

Other information

This position is available for an immediate start so the vacancy may therefore close swiftly if a suitable candidate is found. All published dates can therefore be flexible and will be dependent on suitable candidates coming forward and registering appropriate interest. 

From October 1st 2015 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

This employer is willing to pay in excess of the minimum apprenticeship wage depending on experience.

Working hours will be based on a model of between 37 to 40 hours per week.

Exact start and finish times will be discussed in full at interview. Some weekend work will apply.

Flexibility is naturally important due to the needs of the animals.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2017