Apprenticeships/ Traineeships


Traineeships is a new programme for all young people aged 16-23 who want to work or start on an Apprenticeship.

How will a Traineeship help me?
A Traineeship will help to improve your Maths and English, which you will need for your Apprenticeship and training to help you get into your work experience placement. A Traineeship will also offer you a high quality work experience to improve the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

What if I don’t know what type of work I want to go into?
A Traineeship can offer more than one work experience, providing you with the opportunity to try out different types of work before applying for your Apprenticeship.

How long does a Traineeship last?
A Traineeship can last between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on your previous experience and support needs. If you find a job or are successful with an Apprenticeship application, the team will work with you to ensure you progress quickly and successfully into work.

For more information on traineeships follow this link



As an apprentice you gain a qualification and learn job specific skills whilst earning a wage.

  • Anyone in the UK between 16+ old can apply as long as you aren’t in full time education
  • Normally an apprenticeship takes 2 years to complete
  • Generally you spend 1 day a week at college
  • Entry levels vary; courses are tailored to your abilities
  • You must be employed for at least 30 hours a week.

Everything you study on and off site will help towards your qualification and more importantly your future career.


On-the-job learning

  • Work alongside other employees
  • Learn the skills whilst working
  • Get a work-based qualification
  • Less time in the classroom
  • Get paid

Off-the-job learning

  • Enjoy student life
  • Meet new people
  • Make friends
  • Keep up to date with technology

To take the first steps towards an apprenticeship register at:

Young apprentice – you’re hired!

Alex Hutchings is on a New Holland apprenticeship as an Agricultural Engineer at Hawkins Agri in Bridgwater.

“I get a wide area of knowledge and it’s a good balance of working in the workshop and being out on farms. “

Information about John Deere, Claas, New Holland, Case, JCB and Honda Apprenticeships



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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.