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Job Title : Apprentice Pig Stockperson
Employer : Genetic Solutions
Location : Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2HR
Position Type : Apprenticeship/Internship
Sector : Agriculture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01402
Vacancy Short Description : An excellent opportunity to join a progressive, family run, pig rearing and breeding business, working across several units with scope to learn about genetics and gain a wide range skills through additional certificated training courses.


Qualifications Required : Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 2 (or equivalent). Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Vacancy Full Description : Looking after pigs throughout their growing cycle including being able to take responsibility to work on your own and as part of a friendly team:
• Feeding and bedding, handling, moving and transporting
• Record keeping both written and on computer
• Vaccination and use of veterinary medicines
• Selection for slaughter
• Cleaning buildings between rearing cycles
• Training on pig breeding and genetics
• Collecting and processing boar semen and artificial insemination (AI)
• Use of teleporter and some tractor work once eligible
• Straw haulage
The farm a good record employing apprentices and provides a mentoring scheme.
Number of Positions Available : 2
Working Week : 09
Salary : £200.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 19/10/2018
Possible Start Date : 29/10/2018
Personal Qualities : To be physically fit, like working outdoors in all weathers even though much of the work is undercover, be prepared to work some weekends and long hours at harvest time when the straw cart takes place. A person who understands the countryside and the cycle of rearing livestock.
Skills Required : Someone who likes livestock and being amongst animals in general, has good observation skills and can demonstrate attention to detail, is able to keep accurate records, and is able to use a computer. Someone who is able to take responsibly once trained and has the initiative to work on their own whilst being part of a close team. Current driving licence is an advantage.
Future Prospects : The position has the potential to lead to a full time post on a progressive pig rearing business. Suitable candidates will be sent on training for additional qualifications and work based certificates including ones lead by a vet and encourage to progress through the apprenticeship levels.
Training to be Provided : Qualification: Level 2 Agriculture
College attendance: Block release approximately 1 week in 6 at the Easton Campus
Training for all job specific tasks will be given. In addition the apprentice will have the support and guidance of a qualified assessor from the college, who will make on-site visits every 6-8 weeks. There may be the occasional need to attend either the Otley or Easton campus for short training courses and tests.
Other Information : Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour (effective from 1st April 2018). 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 Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training. For more information visit:

The employer is offering £200 per week (£5 per hour) plus overtime at commercial rates.

Working Week: 40 hrs per week, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-4pm with some weekend work. Overtime is paid at commercial rates.

Shortlisting and Interviews - Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy ad. This may mean that the vacancy could close before the published cut-off date should suitable candidates be found.
Things to consider : Much of the work is physical so a good level of fitness is essential for tasks such as strawing down and moving pigs. At harvest time there will be some long hours hauling straw bales particularly if the weather is difficult. The work will involve all aspects of the daily life of pigs so having an understanding of the realities of animal life cycles is essential.
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