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  • Agriculture

    With over 150,000 businesses, the agriculture industry offers exciting and varied careers in the UK and abroad. The industry provides the opportunity to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment, with businesses ranging from small family farms through to large integrated organisations working across the food supply chain.

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  • Arboriculture and Forestry

    The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens. The industry manages trees adjacent to highways, railways, watercourses and power lines. The organisations involved in this type of work vary from local authorities and large national contractors to small specialist businesses.

  • Engineering

    Those working in the Land-Based Engineering sectors work with the most technically advanced products including; GPS and telemetry, drones, robotics, autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel sources. The technology employed in the Land-based Engineering sectors meets or exceeds applications found in many other sectors.

  • Equine

    The Equine industry contributes over £8bn to the British economy each year. Horse industries are steeped in tradition, yet embrace innovation and technology. There are about a million horses (including all domestic equine species, namely horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids) kept for recreation and commercial use in the UK.

  • Horticulture

    Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

  • Land and Wildlife

    Game keeping is a traditional profession created to protect game species for Royal hunting forests. Today's gamekeepers play a critical role in species and habitat conservation as they look after the woods, hedgerows and fields in which the game birds and animals live. The result of this work is that many other species of wild birds and animals benefit from the maintained habitats, ensuring a balanced environment with plentiful wildlife.

  • Veterinary Nursing

    With high-quality teaching and learning facilities, our centres provide students with the essential theoretical expertise and an appreciation of the practical skills necessary to undertake the role within the profession. All key members of the delivery team are Registered Veterinary Nurses or Veterinary Surgeons, with experience of the industry. The College runs veterinary nursing and animal nursing assistant courses at our York and Gateshead locations.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes. Prior to beginning an Apprenticeship you must be employed in a suitable job role, which aligns with the content of your preferred course of study. Apprenticeships are also ‘employer led’ and can only successfully be delivered in close collaboration with a supportive employer committed to your development. On receipt of your expression of interest, the College will schedule an interview with you and your employer.

If you don’t already have a job role in your preferred industry, you can search for suitable vacancies on the National Apprenticeship website National Apprenticeships website.

How do they work?

All apprenticeships are run from our York site.

You will gain valuable qualifications including:

• A Work-Based programme at Level 2 (Intermediate Apprentices), Level 3 (Advanced Apprentices) or Level 4 and 5 (Higher Apprentices)
• Functional skills qualifications
• Additional nationally recognised certificates for the sector in which you work (charges may apply)

You will have a Course Manager who will direct and support you. Apprenticeships involve assessment through ‘on-the job’ observation and questioning. Assessors visit you in your work place and when you’re ready, they assess and ‘sign off’ each skill (unit) when you’ve shown you meet national occupational standards. You also produce a portfolio (folder) of evidence to show that you are competent and meet the required standards. Some work-based learning qualifications may be subject to change by their awarding bodies and/or have additional entry requirements.

What sectors and roles do we offer?

Apprenticeships are available in:

– Agriculture

– Environmental Conservation

– Equine

– Game and Wildlife Management

– Horticulture (Sports Turf, Golf Greenkeeper, Landscape)

– Land-Based Service Engineering

– Plant Maintenance

– Arboriculture

– Veterinary Nursing

The Apprenticeship Levy

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of the employers levy and the way that apprenticeships are funded. Previously, all the funding allocations has been placed with the training provider and it has been their role to ensure that the correct funding has been drawn down for each candidate. With the reforms, the employer is very much at the centre of the changes and this includes placing the funding directly with the employer.

Not only do employers now have the option to choose who they wish to deliver the training for them, but they are also responsible for ensuring that the correct funding is accessed and transferred to the training provider.

The Levy will affect all employers and will depend on the size of the organisation as to which levy model they use.

a) Employers with a pay bill over £3 million per annum

If an employer has  a payroll bill in excess of £3million per annum. The Levy rate will be 0.5% of the employer pay bill and will be collected through Pay As You Earn (PAYE). The government will pay a 10% top-up for your apprenticeship training funds each month, meaning that for every £1 that enters your account for spending on apprenticeship training, you’ll get £1.10.

b) Employers with a pay bill less than £3 million per annum

There will also be changes to funding for apprenticeship training for employers whose payroll bill is less than £3m a year – the majority of UK business. When the new funding system starts, you can you can continue to train apprentices and choose the appropriate standard Approved Training Provider.

You will agree a price for the apprenticeship with the training provider and will be able to spread it over the lifetime of the apprenticeship. Employers will be asked to make a contribution to the cost of this training and the government will pay the rest, up to the maximum amount of government funding available for that apprenticeship. As both you and the government make a payment, we call this ‘co-investment’.

The government has confirmed it will pay 90% towards the cost of training and assessment, and employers will pay the remaining 10%.

Every individual apprenticeship standard will be allocated to a funding band. The upper limit of the funding band will cap the maximum price that government will ‘co-invest’ towards. The new apprenticeship funding system will have 15 funding bands, with the upper limit of these bands ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. All existing and new apprenticeship standards will be placed within one of these funding bands.

Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS)

A new Digital Apprenticeship Service is being created which will allow employers to open online accounts so that they can directly access apprenticeship funding. This digital system will allow employers to:

  • search for relevant standards to match their job roles
  • search for providers who deliver
  • reserve funding
  • advertise their vacancy
  • receive applications from people interested in the role
  • claim the money to pay/support the delivery of the apprenticeship programme.

Useful Links for Employers

1. Digital Apprenticeship Service

The government is introducing and Employers Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) to help employers manage their levy payments. To help you understand these changes, we recommend watching the Government Digital Service YouTube video on managing apprenticeships on the government website.

2.  Set up your Digital Service Account

Visit the government website to learn how to set up your Apprenticeship Service account and to access the relevant government web pages.

3. Your  Levy Credit

To help calculate your levy credit and identify the correct levy model for you and your organisation visit

Estimate your apprenticeship funding spend through the Skills Funding Agency.


The latest guidance on Apprenticeships reforms from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is now available. Click to access the guidance on the HMRC website.

For More Information…

To help you understand the changes to apprenticeships and how they will affect you and your organisation, please come along to one of our apprenticeship events being organised throughout the year or contact a member of the apprenticeship team:


Course search results

Horticulture or Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

Horticulture or landscape operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates.

Crop Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

As a Crop Technician you will be responsible for optimising crop/plant yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment.

Land Based Service Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

As a technician you will typically have an understanding of the interface between machine, biological systems and the working environment for example climate, soil, plant and animals.

Forest Craftperson Apprenticeship Level 3

The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out the practical operations required to create, maintain and harvest forests and woodlands.

Land-Based Service Engineer Apprenticeship Level 2

Those working in the Land-Based Engineering sectors work with the most technically advanced products including; GPS and telemetry, drones, robotics, autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel sources.

Transport and Accommodation for Current Apprentices

If you are an employer or parent/guardian looking to book accommodation or transport for a current student, please use the link below to access more information

Learn more about booking your transport or accommodation

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