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Agriculture - Stockperson Level 2 Apprenticeship


Raising animals with optimal welfare and consideration for their needs throughout the different stages of their life.


With over 150,000 businesses, the agriculture industry offers exciting and varied careers in the UK and abroad.

The industry provides unique opportunities for young people to work in a technically advanced and innovative environment, producing one of the country’s most important products – food which accounts for 14% of the British GDP. Businesses within the industry range from small family farms through to large integrated organisations working across the food supply chain.

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.

A stockperson will be responsible for their own work, but will have supervision. As animal welfare is a priority on farm, key to being a good stockperson is understanding your limits and knowing when to ask for help. 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.

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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 18-24 months, however this would be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria. Apprentices should have Level 1 Maths and English equivalent to GCSE Grade 2 (old GCSE Grade E) or above, plus suitable and relevant employment. Apprentices will be expected to work towards Level 2 Maths and English where this has not been achieved.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277