Farm Apprenticeships General Farm Worker

Farm Apprenticeships Farm Worker

Job Position: Farm Apprenticeships Farm Worker

Location: Plumpton, Lewes YO23 3FR, UK

Employment type: Full Time

Salary: Negotiable National Living Wage

Apprentice General Farm Worker

We are recruiting an enthusiastic Apprentice Farm Worker to work alongside our full-time staff. They will attend the college to undertake a Level 2 or 3 in General Agriculture and learn from our experienced farm staff.

Hours: 40 per week. Monday to Friday 7.30am until 5 pm. When experience builds then working weekends and regular overtime will become available.

If you have an interest in agriculture, are logical, and patient, have good communication skills, and have the desire to progress in the responsibility we’d like to hear from you.

Lambert Farm is a commercial farm belonging to Plumpton College. The farm stretches to 800Ha over a number of sites and carries the following enterprises:

  • A 250-cow dairy herd. The herd is split into two groups, one is milked robotically and the other is milked in a Herringbone Parlour. Replacements are reared on site and beef calves are sold to a local farmer.
  • A herd of 50 pedigree Sussex suckler cows. The herd is split into a Spring and Autumn calving herd and spends the majority of its time living outdoors on The Downs where they are used for conservation grazing.
  • A herd of 100 cows produces 2500 progeny per year for the local meat trade. The herd is housed in a brand-new unit that is of a very high welfare standard and incorporates the latest electronic ventilation and feeding systems.
  • A flock of 450 ewes incorporating a pedigree flock of Southdowns lambing in March and a commercial flock lambing in March.
  • A forage and arable enterprise producing a range of crops for sale or for consumption by our livestock.

Purpose of the Farm Apprenticeships role:

The Apprentice General Farm Worker will attend Plumpton College for a day, once per fortnight, to study Level 2 General Agriculture. External training will also be available for e.g. Rough Terrain Forklift Training and Pesticide Applications.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with:

The internal farm team reports to the Farm Manager, academic staff, and other college staff as required and with a number of external stakeholders including vets, agronomists, contractors, and other consultants to the business.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for:

Carrying out routine work set by their supervisor, to the required business standards. This includes assisting with animal and crop tasks, maintaining health and safety, and biosecurity, operating farm vehicles and optimizing the environmental impacts of animal and crop performance. Office work is minimal although basic daily record-keeping will be required and the ability to complete a series of e-learning modules to enable you to work in a college environment. Typical working hours are Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm with every other weekend working as required and also overtime to help with the harvest. Working hours may have to be adjusted to comply with UK employment law.

Our values

With over 3,000 students, excellent resources, and a drive for continuous improvement, Plumpton College is actively seeking staff who want to make a difference and be part of this exciting phase of our development. At Plumpton College we are Ambitious & Progressive, Enterprising, Professional, Supportive, and Passionate about everything we do – if you share these values and would like to be part of our growing team then we’d like to hear from you!

We reserve the right to call candidates to interview/withdraw from this vacancy at any time if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.

Plumpton College is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and is dedicated to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices and eliminating unfair discrimination on any basis.

Plumpton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


How To Apply for Farm Apprenticeships Job:

Please complete both documents, the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form and return them to:

Email: [email protected]

Post: Plumpton College, Human Resources, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, YO23 3FR

Telephone: 01904 772277


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