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Job Title : Livestock and General Agriculture Apprentice
Employer : N B Bird & Son
Location : Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6PH
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01596
Vacancy Short Description : A great opportunity to join a progressive young farmer working in a small team in a family business. Predominantly working in the pig finishing unit but also with a good range of arable crops giving plenty of scope to learn lots of skills.

 

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.
Vacancy Full Description : Working predominately as the assistant in a pig finishing unit with piglets from 3 weeks of age through to 5 months and to include some arable work on a variety of crops.
• All aspects of stockmanship, health and animal welfare
• Bedding up with straw daily and scraping down feeding areas
• Monitoring automated feeding system, water systems etc
• Record keeping , weighing, handling medicines as necessary
• Clearing out building and cleaning every 5 months for the new batch of pigs
• Overalls and boots supplied for the pig unit.
Arable work includes:
• tractor and trailer work carting corn and straw,
• working in the grain store, inc telehandler work,
• some cultivations and rolling of planted crops,
• hedge cutting within conservation requirements.

Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm
Salary : £206.25 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 28/06/2019
Possible Start Date : 15/07/2019
Personal Qualities : A positive attitude is the key quality and pride in a job well done along with a strong desire to learn and progress.
When working with animals good time keeping is important so someone who is prepared to be flexible on hours at peak periods, with the ability to communicate and work as part of a team; Someone who enjoys working outside throughout the year and in the countryside.
A person who has no exposure to other pig farms.
Some of the work is physically demanding so it is an advantage to be fit. You will be working with another person in the pig unit but as you grow in confidence and experience you will be expected to work under your own initiative and on your own but with radio/mobile contact
Skills Required : A practical, hands on person with an affinity with animals, who has good observation skills and excellent attention to detail. Someone who is methodical, tidy and an accurate record keeper. Some computer and IT experience is helpful. The farm is experienced at training people from non-farming backgrounds. The successful candidate must meet the safety requirements to drive a 7.5 t vehicle on the road.
Future Prospects : Scope to take additional skills certificates such as telehandler, PA1 and PA2 chemicals handling.
Potential for the apprenticeship to progress into a full time job for the person who develops the skills required.
Training to be Provided : College Attendance: 6 x 1 week blocks at Easton Campus where accommodation is available
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 £3.90 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: 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:
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 : Meeting the health and safety requirements to drive a 7.5 t vehicle/machine on the pubic highway is essential as machinery will need to be taken on the roads. During the summer months hours will be longer to meet harvest requirements with all over time will be paid at commercial overtime rates.
It is essential to be reliable and punctual when working with animals as they are dependent on you and to have their wellbeing as your priority. Finished stock leaves the farm for slaughter.
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