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Job Title : Agricultural Apprenticeship
Employer : A & R L Porch
Location : Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5EY
Position Type : Apprenticeship/Internship
Sector : Agriculture
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01420
Vacancy Short Description : This is a really good opportunity to learn every aspect of modern arable farming on a friendly family farm with a good track record of training apprentices, working as part of a small team. Scope to take a variety of training certificates. Potential to lea

 

Qualifications Required : Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades A-E or 9- 2. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Vacancy Full Description : You will learn every aspect of modern arable farming with plenty of scope to progress as you gain the necessary skills using John Deere and Massy Ferguson tractors and controlled traffic systems.
• Arable cultivations, grain carting at harvest and supporting the drill and sprayer operator
• Corn cart and grain store work, loading lorries including teleporter use
• Conservation and woodland management
• General farm maintenance, fencing and drainage
• Record keeping on-tractor IT system
As skills progress- hedging, crop walking, grain sampling etc.
An excellent mentor will assist your learning.
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 7.30 to 4. with breaks 39 hrs Mon - Fri O/T at peak times
Salary : £214.50 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 18/05/2018
Possible Start Date : 28/05/2018
Personal Qualities : Practical common sense, able to organise yourself, problem solve and contribute as experience is gained, to be methodical and tidy and get satisfaction from a job well done. To be happy working outdoors.
Skills Required : A full current driving licence is essential. This is a modern progressive business looking for someone who is practical and enjoys being hands on. mechanically minded, numerate and able to keep neat accurate records. A good communicator who enjoys working as part of a team but can take responsibility to work on their own once trained. Someone who understands the countryside is helpful. A willingness to learn is more important than having previous farming experience.
Future Prospects : This is a really good opportunity to learn every aspect of modern arable farming on a friendly family farm with a good track record of training apprentices, working as part of a small team. Scope to take a variety of training certificates. Potential to lead to a full time post.
Training to be Provided : College Attendance: Block weeks to timetable
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 with effect 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: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the industry with a contract of employment

Working Week: 7.30 to 4. with breaks 39 hrs Mon - Fri Overtime at peak periods which will be paid at commercial rates

Shortlisting/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 : A full driving licence is essential. Being physically fit is an advantage. The nature of the work means that it can be repetitive, especially at the beginning of the training period. The employer would be very happy to support someone who wants to work up to a Higher Apprenticeship. Peak periods such as harvest and cultivations will require longer hours with over time paid at commercial rates.
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