Assistant Farm Manager apprenticeship – give us your views

First published: 24 November 2022

A picture of a farm manager inspecting growth on strawberries

The Agriculture and Horticulture Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group is a group of farmers and other stakeholders responsible for the development of agricultural apprenticeships in England. The group, supported by AHDB and chaired by NFU member Richard Longthorp, has been developing a new level 4 Assistant Farm Manager apprenticeship and needs your input to ensure it is fit for purpose. 

Trailblazer Apprenticeships aims to bring together technical knowledge learnt from a training provider with practical learning on-the-job training. This will ensure the apprentice is a fully competent employee when they qualify.  

About the apprenticeship

This is a unique opportunity to develop work‐based training routes into higher technical roles that are recognised and funded by the government.

It will bring new talent into the industry and develop existing staff into these roles, helping to ensure we have effective and technically trained managers to drive the sector forwards for years to come.

It will be involved with every stage of a product's life cycle, from seeds or breeding, through to farm gate sale or supply to the client or customer.

The role will be responsible for the day-to-day management of productivity, environmental business objectives, industry benchmarks and performance indicators.

Examples job roles might be assistant enterprise manager, agriculture enterprise manager, assistant estate/s manager, assistant farm manager, assistant horticulture production manager, production manager or trainee farm manager.

Collating feedback

The trailblazer group is seeking feedback from a wide farmer and industry audience to make sure that the apprenticeship will meet the needs of industry covering the full range of sectors and size of businesses.

We want feedback from:

  • Farming and horticultural employers
  • Training providers
  • Assessment organisations
  • Trade associations

It is vital that we collate feedback from all aspects of farming and horticulture but especially from employers to make sure that the new Level 4 apprenticeship meets the needs of industry.

The deadline for completing the survey is 31 December 2022

Tips for completing the survey

Survey questions will be based on the information in the draft Apprenticeship Standard. Please read this before completing the survey. 

When reading the document, ask yourself:

  • Is there anything that would make it difficult for an employer to take on an apprentice?
  • Is there anything missing that would be crucial for this role to meet employer needs?
  • Is this the right level of responsibility for a level 4 Assistant Manager?
  • Are there any skills you would not normally expect an Assistant Farm Manager to do?
  • Is it possible to deliver training, present practice opportunities and assess the skills during an apprenticeship?

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