Job Title : Apprentice Agricultural Livestock Worker
Employer : Allard & Co
Location : Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 4BB
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Vacancy Reference : VAC-01702
Vacancy Short Description : An excellent opportunity to learn a wide range of skills and a good qualification working with farm livestock in a sector with plenty of long term employment opportunities.
Qualifications Required : Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to establish course suitability. Ideally applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-3 for an Intermediate L2 Apprenticeship. 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 (Ipswich or Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus) and sit an online assessment to confirm program suitability.
Vacancy Full Description : Your main job will be working in the indoor pig unit working with pigs from 7kg in weight through to fattening. There will also be some tractor driving and occasionally work with the ducks.
You will learn all aspects of animal care and welfare and how to operate the relevant equipment.
Feeding including weighing, rationing and nutrition,
Bedding, housing, handling and moving livestock
Health, welfare and biosecurity.
Accurate record keeping and health and safety whilst working
Maintenance of equipment and machinery
Number of Positions Available : 1
Working Week : Up to 6 days Mondays to Saturdays, paid 15 minutes breakfast break, unpaid 30 minutes lunch break
Salary : £ 166.00 (Weekly)
Application Deadline Date : 01/03/2021
Possible Start Date : 09/05/2021
Personal Qualities : The work is mainly physical so it suits someone who is fit and happy to be on their feet for long periods. Animals require looking after every day so there will be some weekend work and a flexible attitude about when you work. You will need to be a good communicator who can keep you manager updated on any health and welfare issues.
Skills Required : You will be good at attention to detail, able to spot any changing conditions with the livestock. Have a strong work ethic and be reliable at time keeping. Enjoy working in a team but once trained be happy to do some work on your own. Accurate record keeping with clear legible writing is essential.
Future Prospects : Pay will increase with experience and ability
Scope to progress to a full time roles and gain work related certificates
Any over time will be paid at commercial rates
Training to be Provided : The key role for a Stockperson is to raise the animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life. This is practical work involving a combination of technology and manual labour. Being a stockperson requires compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team and independently. Working with live animals presents a range of challenges to overcome and ensures no two days will be the same. This standard follows a ‘core and options’ approach. The core covers the generic requirements for looking after animals competently and the sector options provide more specific needs for different livestock. One option will be taken in addition to the core skills to complete this apprenticeship, which provides a solid foundation for a range of progression opportunities within the industry.
Other Information : Looking after animals is rewarding but they need care every day so there will be some weekend work. The work is physical and can be messy so suits someone who is happy to be outside as well as inside.
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