Agriculture includes the production of primary food and managing the land for environmental and sustainable development. The Agriculture sector can be divided into a number of sub-sectors or industries:
Employers report a skills gap when recruiting, particularly in technical, environmental, literacy, numeracy and business skills. Therefore, because of the nature of Agricultural businesses, work-based learning through Apprenticeships is a good way for those entering the sector to learn the necessary skills and knowledge.
The Intermediate and Advanced Agriculture framework reflect the job roles within the industries and allows apprentices to take units in crop production, livestock production, mixed farming or poultry production depending on the type of farm they are working on.
Job roles at Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) may include: Assistant Farm Manager, Arable Foreman, Herdsperson, Hatchery Manager or Farm Secretary.
Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.