Agriculture - Crop Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship
A qualified Crop technicians will have the skills required for the safe husbandry of arable crops from sowing through to harvest and storage.They will also understand how to do this sustainable for both the environment and the farm business.
As a Crop Technician you will be responsible for optimising crop yields through establishment, management, harvest and post-harvest operations, while maintaining and improving the surrounding environment. Many machines and crop operations use automation to control both machine and applications or harvesting, you will require technical skills to operate these but also have an understanding of how the information is derived to be put into these controls, such as fertiliser and agrochemicals. You will need to keep up to date with technological advances and new innovations.
Being a Crop Technician requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently This standard provides the opportunity for individuals to acquire the ‘knowledge’, ‘skills’ and ‘behaviours’ required to become a crop technician.
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The duration of the apprenticeship is based on a skills analysis and development opportunities within the business. The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 24 months, however this would be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience or a level 2 apprenticeship.
Employers set the selection criteria for their apprentices in line with the apprenticeship standards and their business needs. Typically this includes 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or equivalent to include English, Maths and a Science subject. In addition it is desirable that the candidate has an understanding of Information and Communication Technology.
We would normally expect applicants to have level 2 English and Maths qualifications (GCSE grade 4/C or above or L2 Functional Skills) prior to enrolment.