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Apprenticeship training course

Assistant farm manager (level 4)

Professionally operate and support the management of an agricultural or horticultural business such as a farm. 

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply physiological principles to identify interventions to enhance productivity and maintain unit health.
  • Develop, implement and monitor a soil, manure or nutrient management plan to improve soil structure and fertility and monitor progress.
  • Implement and review plans to manage the health of the production system in line with legislation and company policy.
  • Implement practices that comply with environmental protection legislation and industry guidance, including pollution avoidance and control, wildlife and countryside protection and protection of biodiversity.
  • Improve environmental practices on site including protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
  • Develop and implement plan(s) to optimise value of by-products and dispose of non reusable (single use) wastes.
  • Implement plans to produce products or services to customer specification, quality standards and production standards.
  • Collect and evaluate critical information using digital tools including production unit performance, identify opportunities for improvement and propose changes to technical production strategy and operational adjustments.
  • Analyse basic farm and or enterprise data (including financial and production) and research farm practices. Use this to benchmark against other farms and support recommendations for future actions.
  • Develop and evaluate production unit plans to meet business requirements.
  • Manage, review and monitor health, safety, welfare and wellbeing on production unit. Carry out risk management including assessment of risk and mitigation. Communicate health and safety information to staff or stakeholders.
  • Manage own health and safety and promotes best practice to others when undertaking activity.
  • Make recommendations on machinery and infrastructure for a farm or horticultural business activity including condition, replacements and return on investment.
  • Use, maintain and oversee machinery and infrastructure in line with legislation, manufacturers guidance and business policy.
  • Communicates in a professional manner with staff and stakeholders, adapting approach to audience including technical audiences and use of technical industry terminology.
  • Build relationships with stakeholders including negotiation.
  • Supervise staff or contractors during the main stages of the production cycle.
  • Keep business records including using digital tools.
  • Oversees and uses agrochemicals or organic equivalents including using spraying equipment.

Full information on Assistant farm manager (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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