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Job Title : Arable Apprentice
Employer : Helmingham Estate Farms
Location : Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6HA
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01589
Vacancy Short Description : A great opportunity for an apprentice to learn arable farming as part of a small friendly team on a modern forward thinking farm with a strong track record in training and mentoring young people. Scope to learn plenty of skills and gain trade certificates


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-D or 9- 3. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment.
Vacancy Full Description : To join a small team to assist and gradually learn to take responsibility on a wide range of arable tasks where including:
• Arable cultivations, corn cart and supporting the drill operator
• Operating precision farming computer technology
• Tractor maintenance and cleaning, utilising the farm workshop
• Machinery cleaning to prevent cross contamination
• Conservation work and general farm maintenance
• Record keeping, grain store work inc loading lorries
• Some basic livestock work with sheep
• Deer park
Working with John Deere tractors
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : Monday to Friday 8.00am-4.30pm 7.5 hr day, 39 hour week
Salary : £195.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 03/06/2019
Possible Start Date : 01/07/2019
Personal Qualities : A person who is keen and enthusiastic, is fit and enjoys working outside at all times of the year. Who can organise themselves, is methodical and tidy and gets satisfaction from a job well done. Someone who will be a good ambassador for an estate with a public profile through its gardens and wedding venue.
Skills Required : Full current driving license is desirable as the applicant will need to meet the requirements to drive a 3.5 t and 7.5t trailer on the road. A practical, mechanically minded, hands on person who is numerate and an accurate record keeper. A good team worker who is equally capable of working on their own once trained. Someone who is reliable, is familiar with computer technology and is responsible with high value machinery. Some livestock skills
Training to be Provided : Crop Production Technician Standard Level 3 including Functional Skills in Maths and English if required
Other Information : Pay Rates: The current NMW rate for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour with effect from 1st April 2019. 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
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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 : The driving license is desirable as the farm is in a remote location and tractors with trailers will need to be driven on the road. The work is outside and can be in all weathers. Being physically fit and mechanically minded is an advantage. The nature of the job means that some work will be repetitive, especially at the beginning of the training period. There will be overtime , paid a fully commercial rates, during peak periods such as harvest.
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