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Job Title : Livestock Apprenticeship Poultry
Employer : Hook2Sisters Ltd
Location : Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, OX18 2EG
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01521
Vacancy Short Description : A fantastic opportunity to begin a career as an apprentice livestock technician working for a prestigious poultry producer who is a large local employer. There is plenty of scope for well-paid career progression.


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-C or 9- 4. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Proof of qualifications will be required before you can be accepted onto the apprenticeship.
PLEASE NOTE: Those without the stated entry requirements or awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, may be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.
Vacancy Full Description : Working as part of a small team of 4 you will learn everything about rearing poultry, animal health and welfare, feeding, watering, bedding with wood chip bales, and record keeping. Based nr Bury St Edmunds on one of this business’s 67 broiler farms. Hook2Sisters is the broiler part of an integrated business which has rearing, breeding, hatching and growing operations throughout the UK. You will be allocated a mentor on the farm to help with your practical training and fully supported by the College with all your technical learning. Work clothing is provided.
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 40 hrs Mon - Sat 6 day rotation 8 - 4.30
Salary : £240.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 31/05/2019
Possible Start Date : 10/06/2019
Personal Qualities : You will have keen observational skills and good at identifying natural animal behaviour. Be methodical in your work, an accurate and tidy record keeper who can weigh and measure, and ensure top quality animal welfare health and hygiene standards are met at all times. You need to be a good time keeper who is reliable as the livestock are dependent on you and your team, it also helps to understand the business’s needs which will mean at times you will have to be flexible on hours.
Skills Required : You must be able to work as a member in a close knit team, you should have empathy for the health and wellbeing of livestock. .All the skills you need will be taught you do not have to come from a farming or livestock back ground, but it helps to have an interest in chickens or to have had a pet animal in the family at some stage.
Future Prospects : For the right candidate who proves to be hard working, flexible on hours and demonstrates the willingness to learn from an experienced existing team, as well as the successful completion of your apprenticeship, the long term prospects for a full time role are excellent with a generous full time salary from 18+yrs.
Training to be Provided : Intermediate Agriculture Level 2 qualifcation including Functional Skills in Maths and English if required
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:
Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the industry with a contract of employment
Working Week: Monday to Saturday (six day rotation)
8.00am to 4.30
40hrs /wk

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 : Being able to show you have an interest in working with chickens and can work as part of team is essential.
Fitness is also important as the role is physical and you will be on your feet most of the day. Although most of the work is in chicken houses some is out doors and therefore at times you will be either hot, cold or wet. Shaking out the woodchip bales of bedding material can be a bit dusty
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