Agriculture Apprentice

R C Dymond & Sons

A fantastic opportunity for a dynamic and reliable apprentice to join this mixed farm, including dairy and arable work.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Wages explained
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Working week

Monday to Friday 35 Hours

Total hours per week: 35.00

Apprenticeship duration

12-18 months

Possible start date

10 Jul 2017

Date posted

10 Aug 2016

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



1 available

You will work closely with the farmer and will be an essential part of the business. You will learn on the job and gain an industry recognised qualification. As with all farming jobs you will need to love the industry, working with animals and working outside in ALL weathers. You will need to be very reliable and punctual; farming is an industry where hard graft and good attitude is needed.

There is livestock work dealing with around 250 dairy cows and replacements therefore it is important you enjoy working with large and animals.

Typical tasks will include:

• milking duties during which you will be involved with many aspects of the dairy
• Involvement with Vet rounds – TB testing, medicines, insemination and pregnancy checks
• Calving
• Feeding the animals - Making feed and measuring ingredients
• Preparing bedding and mucking out
• Animal care and management - Livestock movement
• Slurry and yard scrapping, cleaning yard, boarder and fence maintenance
• Involvement in ALL aspects of running a farm and what it entails

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

• You need existing experience working on a dairy/mixed Farm
• You must have an active interest to work in the farming industry
• Existing experience within dairy is preferable

Personal qualities

• A proactive, reliable individual able to work well as a team
• A dynamic approach to work and a passion for farming and caring for animals
• Excellent time keeping
• Able to work in all weathers
• Physical strength is an advantage

Qualifications required

Grade D or above in GCSEs English and Mathematics (or equivalent)

Future prospects

Opportunities to grow and develop within the farm upon successful completion of the apprenticeship            

Things to consider

• This farm has a rural location, with no public transport links running close by.
• You must therefore ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements in place to get to/from work and to attend college.
• The role can be physically demanding and you will be on your feet all day in varying weather conditions.

About the employer

Dymond & Sons are currently looking for a dynamic and reliable apprentice to join their mixed diary/arable farm. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work within the industry and who has a real passion for this area of farming.


R C Dymond & Sons



EX24 6DU

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Training provider

Apprenticeship in Agriculture level 2

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bicton College


Jen Siggs

Other information

This position is available for an immediate start. The vacancy may therefore close swiftly IF a suitable candidate is found. All published dates are dependent on suitable candidates coming forward and registering appropriate interest.

Weekend work may be required on a rota basis.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2017