Higher Apprenticeship in Agriculture - Level 4 (England)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR02539
Issue number: 1
Issued: 20 February 2014

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Contact name: Julie Murphy
Telephone number: 02476 419703
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Defining Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.
On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

The Agriculture Industry

Agriculture includes the production of primary food and managing the land for environmental and sustainable development. The sector can be divided into a number of sub-sectors or industries categorised into:

  • Agricultural crops - the production of arable crops such as cereals, vegetables, root and bulb crops. Some have diversified into bio-fuels, trees and short term coppice.
  • Agricultural livestock - the production of beef, sheep, pigs, poultry, dairy and other non mainstream livestock.
  • Agricultural contracting - providing services to farmers such as crop spraying, foot trimming, sheep shearing as well as agronomy or nutritional advice.

The main enterprise on a farm will vary according to geographical location and local markets. There have been many advancements in recent years with the introduction of new technology, farming methods and legislation resulting in changes to practices and the skills required to keep agriculture at the forefront of the economy.

The global demand for food is expected to rise by 60% by 2050, putting agricultural production under pressure to provide more outputs.  This will mean production efficiencies will need to improve and farmers will need to become more adaptable if they are going to meet targets.

Lantra's research 2012 identified the need to improve the skills and knowledge of the sector, in particular, business, finance and marketing skills, alongside higher level technical skills and knowledge.  This is also supported by the more recent AgriTech Strategy 2013 which aims to improve the uptake of skills and the overall public perception of the industry.  Therefore, this higher apprenticeship will provide a vital route to bring new entrants into the sector at this level. 

This research found that 10,000 people will be needed at level 4 by 2020, which maybe from full-time education, but with the development of the Higher Apprenticeship this provides an alternative for those new entrants who do not wish to study full-time.

Roles that the Higher Apprenticeship will support are Unit Manager and Assistant Farm Manager.

Further information on the Agriculture industry can be found at: www.lantra.co.uk.

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