General Farm Worker Standard Level 2
- August 2022, Apprenticeship
The Agriculture, Food and Drink sector within Norfolk and Suffolk has a workforce of 79,900 and 8300 enterprises. Thanks to the growing world population, which is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, there is more demand than ever on farmers to produce food, while there are new business opportunities growing in energy production, carbon capture and environmental management.
The intent of this course is to benefit Apprentices by supporting them to gain recognised skills that meet the needs of the Agricultural sector. It is also to benefit employers and the wider sector by providing highly skilled and versatile employees who can work as part of a team
GCSE Grade 3/D in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English
In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you must be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.
Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded with a Level 2 General farm worker Apprenticeship Standard, which includes the following.
Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
Award in Emergency First Aid at Work
If not previously achieved, Level 2 in English & Maths
The course starts by supporting learners in a General farm worker job role to gain a foundation of basic skills that extends across the General farm worker Standard - maintaining a culture of health and safety, biosecurity, engaging with third parties, animal health and welfare, maintenance and cleanliness of machinery, maintaining crop and recording keeping.
As the course progresses, skills become more advanced as knowledge and independent learning are introduced. Input from the Agricultural sector has indicated that the development of professional behaviours is an essential requirement for working in a farm team and will underpin all college learning.
The Apprentice will be ready for End Point Assessment which includes:
Knowledge Test: assessed by an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), this test will consist of multiple-choice questions on a computer-based platform.
Practical assessment: assessed over 1 day by an Independent End Point Assessor (IEPA), which is planned in advance.
Professional Discussion: assessed by an IEPA, to confirm the learners understanding and to obtain further evidence of knowledge. It will extend and amplify the ability demonstrated in the Practical assessment.
The impact of this course should support a learner’s progression which may include:
Continuation, development or promotion at work or within this sector.
The skills to further develop a specialism, such as Livestock or Crop specialisms.
A learner may choose further study as a Level 3 Livestock Technician or L3 Crop Technician once in an appropriate job role to further their career.
The successful completion of this course should provide the employer and wider sector with a skilled staff member able to work within a farm team.
Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs. To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, employers should contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email Apprenticeships@ccn.ac.uk.
For more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email Apprenticeships@ccn.ac.uk.